India will be part of the 11th edition of women’s field hockey at the Tokyo Olympics. It will be the third time overall and second successive time that the Indian women's hockey team has qualified for the Summer Games.
India women had finished fourth at Moscow 1980 and took 12th position at Rio 2016. At Tokyo, they are in Pool A, along with Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and South Africa.
India will begin their campaign against the Netherlands, the world champions, on July 24 at the Oi Hockey Stadium in Tokyo. The top four teams from the pool out of six will make it to the quarter-finals, to be joined by the top-four from Pool B.
Goalkeeper and vice-captain Savita Punia has said that taking on higher-ranked teams boosts her side’s confidence. All other teams in Pool A, barring South Africa, are ranked higher than India. India will have to be at their defensive best against strong opponents such as the Netherlands and Germany, and look to generate momentum on the counters.
The 2018 Asian Games silver medallists have come a long way from the disappointment of Rio, according to captain Rani Rampal, who feels that India are no longer behind European teams on the fitness front.
Coach Sjoerd Marijne feels the team’s belief has grown. Earlier they would be content at pushing opponents close and losing narrowly, he said, but now they are creating more chances.
Rampal’s team will target reaching the quarter-finals, according to coach Marijne, who added that anything can happen from thereon in the knockout stage.
India women’s hockey squad for Tokyo Olympics
Goalkeeper: Savita Punia (vice-captain)
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (vice-captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita Duhan, Reena Khokhar (alternate player)
Midfielders: Monika Malik, Navjot Kaur, Neha Goyal, Nisha Warsi, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu, Namita Toppo (alternate player)
Forwards: Rani Rampal (captain), Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Vandana Katariya
Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s hockey schedule for India and live India start times
All times are in India Standard Time (IST)
July 24, Saturday
Hockey Women’s Pool A – India v Netherlands - 5:15 PM IST onwards
July 26, Monday
Hockey Women’s Pool A – India v Germany - 5:45 PM IST onwards
July 28, Wednesday
Hockey Women’s Pool A – India v Great Britain - 6:30 AM IST onwards
July 30, Friday
Hockey Women’s Pool A – India v Ireland - 8:15 AM IST onwards
July 31, Saturday
Hockey Women’s Pool A – India v South Africa - 8:45 AM IST onwards
August 2, Monday
Hockey Women’s quarter-finals – 6:00 AM IST onwards
August 4, Wednesday
Hockey Women’s semi-finals - 7:00 AM IST onwards
August 6, Friday
Hockey Women’s bronze medal match - 7:00 AM IST onwards
Hockey Women’s gold medal match - 3:30 PM IST onwards
Where to watch Tokyo Olympics women’s hockey live in India?
Fans can watch live telecast of women’s hockey at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony Six and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India. Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 4 and Sony TEN 4 HD will broadcast Tokyo 2020 in regional languages.
Live streaming of the Tokyo Olympics will be available on Sony Liv.
_Live broadcast subject to Sony.