Sports desk: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has moved the women’s Hockey Olympic qualifiers to Ranchi from Changzhou, China. This development came after the Chinese Women’s Hockey Team earned direct qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympics by winning the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou in 2022.
Women’s FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will be held at Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh AstroTurf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand from January13 to 19, 2024.
Apart from India, seven national teams from across the globe will travel to Ranchi for the Women’s FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in their bid to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. It must be noted that the nations that will finish in the top three will confirm their berth in the next year’s Olympics.
Also, the other three FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will be played in Muscat, Oman (Men’s – 15-21 January 2024) and Valencia, Spain (Women’s and Men’s – 13-21 January), the Hockey India sources on Saturday said.
Speaking about Ranchi hosting the Women’s FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, “It is an honour to welcome the global hockey fraternity to Ranchi, Jharkhand. We are set to host some of the best Asian hockey teams in the coming days, as the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy is set to take place from October 27th to November 5th. And now, hosting this event will solidify Jharkhand’s position as a growing sports hub in the country. We have a long history of supporting sports, and we are thrilled to host such a prestigious event.”