Rani-led Indian workforce leaves for Argentina

New Delhi, January 3

Finally, after a break that has lasted for almost one full year, the Indian national women’s hockey team will see action.

The team, led by Rani Rampal, today left for the tour of Argentina, keen to get international match exposure after a break of nearly one year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team is scheduled to play four matches against the world No. 2 Argentina, on January 26, 28, 30, 31. Before that, India would play two matches each against Argentina’s junior and B sides.

The team last played an international match on February 5 last year, against in New Zealand.

The Indian team was forced to train at the Sports Authority of India centre in Bengaluru for several months as international competition came to a halt.

“It feels amazing to be touring again. We have worked very hard on our game in the last few months and the time has come for us to execute our skills in an international match,” Rani said before leaving. “Playing in international matches is going to be a bit different this time, since we will be in a bio-bubble, however, the team is excited to be back on the field in the best possible manner at the moment.”

Hockey India and Argentina’s national association have created a bio-secure bubble for both the teams.

The Indian team will stay at a hotel where there will be provisions for separate rooms/halls for all meals, team meetings and sessions. The entire contingent underwent a Covid-19 RT-PCR test 72 hours prior to their departure. — TNS

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