Junior Hockey World Cup: Defending champions India will start the campaign against France, know the full schedule

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Maharanee Kumari 24/11/2021 22:00 IST
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After France, India will play Canada on 25 November and Poland on 27 November. All matches will be played at Kalinga Stadium in a bio-secure environment without spectators.

Junior Hockey World Cup: The Indian junior hockey team will take on France in the first match of the Junior Hockey World Cup on Wednesday, with the senior team winning the bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics as their inspiration to defend the title.The Indian senior men's hockey team ended its 41-year wait and won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.The eyes of the junior team will be on the third World Cup.First, India won the Junior Hockey World Cup in 2001 in Hobart, Australia and then in 2016 won the title in Lucknow.

The Junior Hockey World Cup is considered an important link to make a place in the senior hockey team.Nine players included in the team of Junior World Cup 2016 played Tokyo Olympics.The members of the Vivek Sagar Prasad-led Indian team would like to attract the attention of the senior selectors with their performances. They have got a lot of benefit from being with the senior players, practicing and playing matches before the tournament.Apart from senior players like Manpreet Singh and PR Sreejesh, India's head coach Graham Reid has also worked hard with the junior team, which is coached by BJ Cariappa.

In the form of Arjuna awardee Prasad, the junior team has a captain who has played at the top level and won an Olympic medal.Star drag flicker Sanjay will be the vice-captain.Prasad said: Our team became champion in 2016 and now want to perform in the same way.India's team balanced, capable of winning the title: India's head coach Graham Reid said: We have selected an 18-man team and there are two alternate players.This team is capable of winning the title again because it is very balanced.

They have full confidence in each other and in their preparations.After France, India will play Canada on 25 November and Poland on 27 November.All matches will be played at Kalinga Stadium in a bio-secure environment without spectators.On the first day itself, Belgium will face South Africa, Malaysia will face Chile, Germany will face Pakistan and Canada will face Poland.



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