U-18 Hockey team of India has clinched a big win by defeating Pakistan in the semi-final of the Under 18 hockey Asia Cup tournament 3-1 on Thursday. India will be facing Bangladesh in the final on Friday. Indian team, paying beautifully, scored two goals in the first half and added one to its tally in second taking India’s lead to 3-0. In the last 10 minutes, however, Pakistan struck back reducing India’s lead to 3-1. India had lost to Bangladesh in the opening game in a thriller by 4-5. Part from the lost against Bangladesh, India defeated Oman 11-0 and Pakistan and has reached the final. By Prajakt K.
Women hockey team India booked their tickets to the 2016 Rio Games on Saturday (August 29), it is their second qualifications ever for the Olympics. India's only previous qualification for the Games came way back in1980, where they bagged a commendable fourth. In London,they finished at fifth-place at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in July which was enough for team India to bag a place for the historic berth as a place opened up after Netherlands and England reached the final of the Euro Hockey Championships. The Indian women's team was waiting for the confirmation as they needed two of the already-qualified teams to reach the final of the European Championships since July for their qualification. "India qualified after England defeated Spain in the semi-finals of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London, which ensured that the only teams who can now win the event have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals - Netherlands and England (as Great Britain)," the FIH said on its website. "The winner of the EuroHockey Championships will qualify for the 2016 Olympics as European continental champions, opening up a further qualification spot which India secure as the team who ranked highest at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals not already qualified," it added. India stands as the 10th team to qualify for the Rio Games after South Korea, Argentina, Great Britain, Germany, China, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA.While two more qualifications are available for the women's event at Rio Games, the lineup will be finalised after the two continental championships that are yet to happen- the Oceania Cup and the Africa Cup for Nations - to be held in November. (With inputs from web)By Sree Teja