New Delhi, December 30
Indian hockey will hit the restart button and begin the Olympics preparations when the women’s team travels to Argentina next week for its first tour in nearly a year after Covid-19 abruptly halted all competitions.
A core group of 25 players and seven support staff will leave from New Delhi on January 3. India will compete in eight matches against Argentina, starting from January 17. The team’s last international tour was in January when it travelled to New Zealand for a five-match series also involving Great Britain. “I am happy that after one year we are able to play international matches. This tour will give us information for the next step to be made in our preparations for the Olympic Games,” said chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
The Indian contingent will undergo Covid-19 tests 72 hours prior to their departure. There is no requirement of quarantine upon arrival in Argentina. — PTI