The Indian women and men’s groups left for Lausanne, Switzerland within the early hours on Wednesday to take part within the inaugural version of the FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022, scheduled to be held from June 4 to five.
Whereas the lads’s staff is about to play towards Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland and Switzerland, the ladies’s aspect will face South Africa, Uruguay, Poland and Switzerland within the round-robin stage.
The highest two groups will sq. off within the remaining on June 5.
The Rajani Etimarpu-led Indian girls’s staff will tackle Uruguay within the opening match on June 4, adopted by a match towards Poland on the identical day. They’ll then sq. off towards hosts Switzerland and South Africa, respectively on June 5.
“Hockey5s will likely be a unique ball sport altogether. Our expertise, velocity and all the things will likely be examined. It will likely be difficult for positive, however I believe it can actually thrilling format to play,” Rajani mentioned in a Hockey India (HI) launch.
“We have a few gamers within the staff who’re acquainted with this format, and we have had good preparations on the camp. We’re wanting ahead to representing our nation within the inaugural version of the Hockey5s.” In the meantime, the Indian males’s staff led by Gurinder Singh, will play their opening match towards hosts Switzerland, adopted by a sport towards Pakistan on the opening day. They’ll then face Malaysia and Poland respectively on June 5.
“It is a fast-paced and difficult format. A lot of our gamers have performed this format earlier than on the Youth Olympics, so we’re assured of doing nicely,” Gurinder mentioned.