India is eyeing a top two finish in the upcoming FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 to progress to the next round of the tournament, said Hockey India’s High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans today.
Oltmans, who will be in charge of the team in the tournament as newly appointed foreign coach Anthony Thornton of New Zealand is yet to resume his duties, said the Indian eves are in perfect shape to achieve their target.
“There are only physical differences if we compare the men’s and the women’s team. These girls are really eager to learn and I can see the progress. We are aiming at finishing among the top two in order to clear for the next round,” Oltmans said after the team’s practice session.
“The recently concluded Spain tour has really helped the girls in their preparation and it (the tournament) will be a good test to show their capacity. The team is in shape and ready for the challenge,” the legendary Dutchman said.
The eight-nation tournament will be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from March 7 to 15.
Apart from India, other participating teams in the event are Poland, Ghana, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore.
India are placed in Pool A alongside Poland, Ghana and Thailand while Malaysia, Russia, Kazakhstan and Singapore form Pool B.