In less than a week, the Hockey World League moves to New Delhi, India for the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 tournament from February 18-23. Fresh on the heels of the successful Hockey India League, six men’s and six women’s teams will take to field to earn a berth to the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in June.
Adding to the excitement is the announcement that Ten Sports will be televising all of the matches from both tournaments across the Sub Continent. For those outside the region, all games will be streamed live on fih.ch. In addition there will be daily highlights packages and feature stories available on the FIH website.
On the men’s side, the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 will be the first-ever time that the national team of Bangladesh hits the airwaves. #40 Bangladesh enters the tournament as one of the Cinderella entries joined by #71 Fiji and #36 Oman. The tournament is sure to be an exciting experience for both teams.
At the other end of the spectrum is 15th-ranked Ireland and #11 India who are set to duke it out for the tournament title and the berth to the next round. China is the dark horse of the group and has the potential to play the role of spoiler, entering as the 18th-ranked team in the FIH World Ranking.
The women’s competition is also essentially a two-team race with ninth-ranked Japan entering as the big favorite followed by 12th-ranked India. Japan enters the event level as the highest-possible ranked team in Round 2, with the cutoff for an automatic spot in the Semi-Final being the top eight teams in the FIH World Ranking.
Russia, Malaysia and Kazakhstan are all sure to be quite competitive weighing in between #20 and #33 in the FIH World Ranking. Rounding out the women’s pool is #59 Fiji.
Click here to view the official Hero Hockey World League Round 2 men's tournament page
Click here to view the official Hero Hockey World League Round 2 women's tournament page
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