India and Spain will be competing in the third season of the women’s FIH Pro league in place of New Zealand and Australia. The news was confirmed by International Hockey Federation(FIH) on Friday.
The FIH Pro League season 3 will resume on October 13th with the Netherlands will be starting the tournament campaign against Belgium.
The reason India and Spain have been roped in place of Australia and New Zealand as both teams have pulled out of COVID-19 related International tournaments put in place by their respective governments.
Also the female squads of India and Spain along with their male counterparts who are already part of FIH global home and away leagues which involves mostly the best nations who compete under this competition.
Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombham said “ “We are absolutely delighted that the Indian Women’s Hockey Team will participate in the forthcoming edition of the FIH Hockey Pro League. Their participation will not only give them an opportunity to compete against the best teams of the world, but it will also help us increase the fanbase for the Indian Women’s Team. With the Asian Games being held in 2022, getting to play strong teams of the world earlier in the year will certainly be a great platform for our teams to get the right exposure before the all-important Asian Games which is also an Olympic Qualification event.”
India Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams recently achieved a big feat after they finished with number third and fourth position in their respective categories in recently concluded Olympics 2020. Indian Men’s Team won a medal in Olympics after a period of 41 years.
The last time the Indian Men’s Hockey team won a medal in Olympics was way back in 1980 under the leadership of V Bhaskaran and Co and primarily the two forward players including the likes of Zafar Iqbal and Mohammad Shahid.