Indian Hockey Men’s and Women’s teams qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

In Men’s Hockey, eight-time champions India qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympic after mauling Russia 7-1 in the second game of the two-legged FIH Qualifiers for men in Bhubaneswar last night.

The Indian men, ranked fifth in the world defeated world number 22 Russia 4-2 in the first-leg on Friday.

Earlier in the evening, the Indian women’s also sealed their place after beating the United States 6-5 on aggregate despite losing the second match 1-4.

After thrashing USA 5-1 on Friday, India were outperformed yesterday as the USA raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half. India’s vital goal was scored by captain Rani Rampal in the 48th minute.

Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it in Rio de Janeiro after a gap of 36 years.

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