In Hockey, the Indian men’s team will open its campaign against Malaysia while their female counterpart will take on hosts Japan in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo today. Both the Indian teams have secured their places in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, to be held later this year, by winning their FIH Series Finals. Being World No. 5 and the top-ranked side in the tournament among men, India start as favourites against World No. 12 Malaysia.
The Indians have rested seniors like skipper Manpreet Singh and goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh, opting to test some young players. In Manpreet’s absence, dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh will lead the side while striker Mandeep Singh will be his deputy.
After Malaysia, the Indian men will play World No. 8 New Zealand on Sunday and World No. 16 Japan in their last round-robin match.
Meanwhile, the 10th-ranked Indian women’s team will have a relatively easy opener against Japan. Then, Indian women will face their toughest test in World No. 2 Australia, before facing World No. 11 China.