India to Face Thailand in Opener of Women’s Asian Champions Trophy
The much-awaited Women’s Asian Champions Trophy is set to begin on October 27 at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astro Turf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi. The opening match will see India take on Thailand in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Key Match Schedule
The hosts will face several tough opponents throughout the tournament. The schedule is as follows:
- India vs. Thailand – October 27
- India vs. Malaysia – October 28
- India vs. China – October 30
- India vs. Japan – October 31
- India vs. South Korea – November 2
If India manages to secure a place in the top four, they will proceed to the semi-finals on November 4, opening up the possibility of further success in the tournament.
India, the Highest Ranked Team in the Competition
Ranked at No. 7, India enters the tournament as the highest ranked team. Their competitors include Japan (ranked No. 10), China (ranked No. 11), South Korea (ranked No. 12), Malaysia (ranked No. 19), and Thailand (ranked No. 30).
A Chance for Redemption
In the previous six editions of the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy, India has reached the final on three occasions, but has only managed to secure victory once, in 2016. This year, they have the opportunity to claim the title on home ground as the tournament is being hosted in India for the first time.
Proud Hosts of a Prestigious Tournament
Hockey India President, Dilip Tirkey, expressed his pride in hosting another major Asian tournament. He believes that the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy will showcase some of the best women’s hockey teams in the world, providing a spectacle for fans and an exciting competition for the participating teams.
Building on Their Recent Success
India recently hosted the men’s Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai, where they emerged victorious. The Indian team will be hoping to replicate this success in the women’s tournament and bring home another title.