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News for 29 June 2022

All the news for Wednesday 29 June 2022

"Difficult to choose players after Tokyo success," Coach Janneke Schopman ahead of Hockey World Cup

From analysis to expectations, The Bridge speaks with Indian women's hockey team coach Janneke Schopman at length before they begin their campaign at the FIH Women's Hockey World Cup.

By Md Imtiaz

Indian women's hockey team coach Janneke Schopman (Source: Hockey India)

Riding on the success of a successful campaign at the Women's FIH Pro Hockey League, the Indian women's hockey team are ready to take on the challenge at the FIH Hockey World Cup head-on. Though they will have the experienced Rani Rampal in the squad because of her injury, the veteran goalkeeper Savita Punia will be shouldering the captain's responsibility.

'We will do something special in this World Cup': Deep Grace Ekka says India raring to go after strong preparations

Deep Grace Ekka feels that the current Indian team have what it takes to grab a first-ever World Cup medal.

By Rohit Mundayur

Deep Grace Ekka says that rankings don't matter much nowadays in a big tournament(Hockey India)

Deep Grace Ekka knows what a medal in a major international tournament feels like around her neck. The 28-year-old, who has been playing for India for just over a decade, was part of the teams that won the 2017 Asia Cup and the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy. She has also won two Asian Games medals, silver in 2018 and bronze in 2014, two bronze medals at the Asia Cup in 2013 and this year in Muscat and two silvers at the Asian Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2018. To top this all off, she was one of the senior members of the Indian team that missed out on a first Olympic medal by a whisker at Tokyo 2020.

Gurjit Kaur ‘not doing anything extra’ in PC practice ahead of women's hockey World Cup

Arnab Lall Seal

Gurjit Kaur. (Twitter Photo)

Gurjit Kaur has played a huge role in the Indian women’s hockey team’s rise in the world of hockey in recent years. While her defensive skills have been noteworthy, it’s her exploits as a drag-flicker that has made the big difference.

2022 4 Nations Men's Invitational Tournament - 29 June

All times GMT +1

29 Jun 2022 17:00     IRL v WAL (RR)    
29 Jun 2022 19:00     SCO v USA (RR)    

30 Jun 2022 17:00     IRL v USA (RR)    
30 Jun 2022 19:00     SCO v WAL (RR)    

2 Jul 2022 13:00     WAL v USA (RR)    
2 Jul 2022 15:00     SCO v IRL (RR)    

3 Jul 2022 11:00     3rd RR v 4th RR (3rd - 4th Place)
3 Jul 2022 13:00     1st RR v 2nd RR (Final)    

Pool standings

FIH Match Centre

Scotland women to face Italy at Peffermill

Scotland women will take to the pitch at Peffermill to play Italy in a three-match test series as part of preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and EuroHockey qualifiers in Dunkirk.

Govers to play for Dragons next season

KHC Dragons have landed a big striker with Australian international Blake Govers moving to Brasschaat for the upcoming season.

Oltmans’ two-week hockey camp concludes

LAHORE -The two-week hockey training camp organized by Sports Board Punjab (SBP) in collaboration with Rana Zaheer Hockey Academy has come to an end on Tuesday.

World Cup winner Varinder Singh passes away in Jalandhar

Indervir Grewal

Varinder Singh (sitting left of the trophy) with the team that won the historic gold at the 1975 World Cup

Known for his versatility and efficiency on the hockey field and his gentle nature off it, World Cup winner and Olympics medallist Varinder Singh passed away in Jalandhar today.

Friends, players remember down-to-earth Olympian Varinder Singh

He also coached Tokyo Olympics fame Gurjit

Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Budding hockey players pay tribute to Olympian Varinder Singh by raising their hockey sticks at cremation ground in his native village Dhannowali in Jalandhar.

“How could someone his age come to train on his scooter covering a distance of 8 km amid this sweltering heat without a break,” fondly remembers Jasdeep Kaur, a national-level hockey player who was being trained by Olympian and recipient of Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement Varinder Singh who breathed his last in Jalandhar this morning. He was 75.

Harcharan Singh Remembers Celebrated Right-Half Varinder Singh of 1975 World Cup-Winning Team on his Untimely Demise

Touted as one of the top-notch right-halfs of the seventies, Varinder Singh’s contribution to Indian hockey’s international success in the seventies is immense. A pall of gloom has descended on Indian hockey over his sad demise following old-age ailments in Jallandhar on Tuesday at the age of 75. According to family sources, Varinder was admitted to a hospital in Jallandhar recently owing to heart issues, where he stayed there for ten days. He returned home and but developed complications and was again admitted to a hospital where he breathed his last on Tuesday. Indian hockey undoubtedly would be poorer with the demise of Varinder.

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