FIH ranking: Indian women enter world top 10 after winning Asia Cup hockey

Indian women's hockey team celebrates after beating China to win the women's Asia Cup title in Kakamigahara in Japan on November 5, 2017. With this win, India also qualified for the FIH World Cup  2018.

Indian women have entered the top 10 in the latest international hockey federation (FIH) world rankings by virtue of winning the Asia Cup in Japan on Sunday. The Rani-led Indian team beat China 5-4 in a shootout to clinch the Women’s Asia Cup after 13 years.

The top three women’s teams remain unchanged as world and European champions the Netherlands retain number one spot, with England (Great Britain) in second and 2017 Pan American Cup champions Argentina in third.

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USA have dropped down to seventh, with 2017 Oceania Cup winners Australia replacing them in fourth position. New Zealand and Germany also leapfrog USA, taking up fifth and sixth positions, respectively. Hockey India on Monday announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh each to the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team and chief coach Harendra Singh. The support staff will get Rs 50,000 each.

Source:- Hindustan Times



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