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Indian women's hockey team can qualify for Rio Games, says chief coach Mathias Ahrens

Press Trust Of India

Updated: May 21, 2015, 12:46 PM IST
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Indian women's hockey team can qualify for Rio Games, says chief coach Mathias Ahrens
Ahrens, who took over the reigns of the Indian women's team earlier this month, said their eyes are firmly set on an Olympic berth going into the tournament.

<b>New Delhi:</b> With the FIH World League semi-final just around the corner, Indian women's hockey team chief coach Mathias Ahrens on Monday exuded confidence of putting up a good show in the upcoming tournament, which is a qualifying event for next year's Rio Olympics.

Ahrens, who took over the reigns of the Indian women's team earlier this month, said their eyes are firmly set on an Olympic berth going into the tournament.

"The team is up for the challenge and we can always qualify (for Rio Olympics). We will go to the tournament next month with all intent to qualify," the Canadian said.

"I am very confident of this team and our biggest challenge will be Belgium and it will be our first clash with them during the League. But I think we have a good chance against them."

Ahrens also spoke at length on the strengths of the team.

"The team as a unit play amazing hockey. It is really fantastic to see how we connect on the field and the girls have the ability to penetrate the defence of the opponents," he said.

"The team is quite young but we also have some experienced players. The tournament comes at the right time for the girls as they are keen to deliver. What impresses me about this team is their keenness to learn and apply," Ahrens added.

The FIH World League will be held at Antwerp, Belgium from June 20 to July 5.

First Published: May 18, 2015, 8:01 PM IST
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