Prime News, International and National Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), November 4:- Eight-time champions India qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympic after mauling Russia 7-1 in the second game of the two-legged FIH qualifiers for men in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
The Indian men, ranked fifth in the world defeated world number 22 Russia 4-2 in the first-leg on Friday.
Earlier in the evening, the Indian women also sealed their place after beating the United States 6-5 on aggregate despite losing the second match 1-4. After thrashing USA 5-1 on Friday, India were outperformed on Saturday as the USA raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half. India’s vital goal was scored by captain Rani Rampal in the 48th minute.
Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it in Rio de Janeiro after a gap of 36 years. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)