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Hockey International Cup: India open marketing campaign towards Spain on Jan 13

Hosts India will tackle lower-ranked Spain within the males’s Hockey International Cup opener on the newly-built Birsa Munda World Stadium in Rourkela at the opening day on January 13.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalists India, who’re recently international No. 5 within the FIH scores, are clubbed along England (6), Spain (8) and International Cup debutants Wales (16) in pool D.

India will play their 2d fit in Rourkela, towards on England on January 15, earlier than transferring to the capital town of Bhubaneswar, the place they are going to face Wales of their ultimate staff fit on January 19.

Pool A is headed up via international primary Australia, who were given the bronze medal on the remaining International Cup in 2018. They had been drawn together with 2016 Olympic champions Argentina, France and African champions South Africa.

Reigning international champions Belgium are the highest seed they usually had been drawn in Pool B together with 2006 winners Germany, Korea and Japan. Belgium are ranked 2d whilst Germany are fourth.

Pool C will characteristic remaining version finalists the Netherlands, ranked 3rd on this planet, together with Oceania consultant New Zealand, Malaysia enjoying their 9th International Cup and debutants Chile.

As according to the fixtures launched via FIH on Tuesday, 2016 Olympic champions Argentina will tackle South Africa, whilst international No. 1 Australia face France at the identical day on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Whilst India’s sport begins at 7pm IST, the event will get started in Rourkella with England taking up Wales within the first sport. Reigning champions and international No. 2 Belgium, who gained the identify within the 2018 in Odisha, will tackle South Korea in Bhubneswar.

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