Bengaluru: goalkeeper of the Indian women’s hockey team Savita on Thursday said the side’s goal is to “get to the next level” in this year’s FIH World Cup after finishing in the last eight stages four years ago.
The event will be jointly organized by the Netherlands and Spain in July.
In the 2018 edition of the London showpiece, India lost 1-3 to Ireland on penalties to drop out of the competition.
But this time, Savita says India is well prepared to make it to the medal rounds.
“As more players gain international exposure and gain the confidence to play against top teams in big game scenarios, we are on the right track to build a strong team for the World Cup,” said the senior player.
“We made it to the quarter-finals last time in London and the goal this time is definitely to get to the next level.”
The World Cup will be played from July 1-17, but before that, the Indians will gain valuable exposure in the FIH Pro League games in Belgium, where they will face the hosts on June 11-12.
The two games will be followed by weekend games in the Netherlands, where India will face Argentina on June 18 and 19 and the United States on June 21 and 22.
The Indian women will be at the World Cup in Pool B alongside England, China and New Zealand. They open their campaign against England on 3 July in Amstelveen.
Savita said healthy competition for places between the juniors and seniors bodes well for India.
“With new players coming into the group thanks to good performances in the Pro League and Junior World Cup, there is healthy competition within the group and this helps to bring out the best in each of us.”
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