Indian Hockey Coach Makes Pro League Experience Ahead of CWG
Indian Hockey Coach Makes Pro League Experience Ahead of CWG. All eyes are on the podium at this year’s Birmingham Common Wealth Games (CWG). Indian men’s and women’s hockey team coaches watch the upcoming FIH Pro League matches. To get a better experience insight into the timing of multi-sport events.
The Indian men’s team is scheduled to play the next round of FIH Pro League matches against hosts Belgium (11 June and 12 June) and the Netherlands (18 June and 19 June), while the women’s team will play Belgium (11 June and 12 June). ), Argentina (June 18 and June 19), and the United States (June 21 and June 22).
“With less than two months left for the CWG, we will take advantage of this time to ensure we are best prepared for such a prestigious event. The Pro League fixtures will give us insight into areas that need to improve before the CWG.” In a Hockey India statement, India’s men’s team said head coach Reid.
“We will be holding a national camp for the CWG again in the last week of June, and we will have three weeks to prepare before the contingent departs for Birmingham.” Reid felt that the fringe players were doing well. There is healthy competition to secure a place in the Birmingham-bound squad. “There is an air of optimism among the players and doing well in Belgium, and the Netherlands will give us the right momentum ahead of the Commonwealth Games in July,” said Reid.
FIH Pro for Commonwealth Games Preparation
“With the Asian Cup team also performing well, the depth of our players is increasing. Making the process of selecting teams for major tournaments more difficult and interesting,” he added. India’s women’s hockey team head coach Janneke Schopman agrees with Reid. Stating that the upcoming FIH Pro League matches are critical to the preparation for the Commonwealth Games.
“The next few weeks will definitely be challenging and exciting as we play regular matches in June and July ahead of the CWG. Back-to-back Pro League matches will definitely give us an understanding of how the players’ bodies react. To recover and be ready for the match in 24 hours,” said Schopman. Schopman said, after almost missing out on the podium at the 2018 CWG in Jakarta, Indian women were eyeing medals in Birmingham. “Doing well in the Pro League and World Cup is our top priority. The team at CWG 2018 finished fourth, so definitely, the podium is on the minds of the players,” said the former Dutchman.
After the upcoming Pro League game, India’s next big task is the FIH Women’s World Cup. Of course, it will be co-organized by Spain and the Netherlands from 1 to 17 July. At Birmingham CWG, Indian men are placed in Pool B alongside England, Canada, Ghana, and Wales, while women are also grouped with England, Ghana, Canada, and Wales in Pool A.