Chanu is self-assured the Indian women’s hockey side will qualify for next year’s Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo Olympic. Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Hockey followers can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
Speaking ahead of a meeting with the United States in Bhubaneswar on November 1 and 2 for a place at Tokyo 2020, Chanu said India’s women – who returned to the Olympics at the Rio 2016 Games after a 36-year absence – had made rapid strides in the game during the last three years.
“We know how it felt representing India at Olympics when we qualified for it after a 36-year gap in Rio,” said the 26-year-old, who led India in Brazil.
However, when we came back from that outing, there was a unanimous feeling around the group that we need to push ourselves and make sure we consistently put in the performances which will help us in qualifying for the next edition.
“We have made huge strides from the previous Olympics, and now we are all very determined to secure our place in the Olympic 2020 Games.”
India failed to qualify from the preliminary stage at Rio 2016 after losing four matches and drawing one to finish bottom of the group.
“We have 10 players in this current side who were there in Rio as well, and all of us collectively want to experience that feeling again,” Chanu said.
Not just that, we want to win a medal for the country this time in Tokyo Olympic Games. Now is the time to show it to the world that India is here to challenge for the top honors, regardless of the opposition we face.
India’s clash with Russia is one of 14 Olympic 2020 qualifiers taking place across the men’s and women’s events. The winners of each tie will secure a place in the hockey tournament at Tokyo Olympic Games.