Finally the cat is out of the bag. India has been drawn to play Russia in men's section and the USA in the women's section of the Olympic Qualifiers (OQ).The winners of double leg Olympic Qualifiers will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. India has every reason to feel happy with the draws taken out on Monday at the International Hockey Federation headquarters.
All the Olympic Qualifier games will be played in October and November. India will play host to both of its OQ matches. Venues and dates will be announced soon by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) soon. Pakistan men have been drawn to play The Netherlands while Malaysia will take on Great Britain in other matches of the me's section. Canada will face Ireland both in men and women sections.
Following is the complete draw:
Men's section: Germany vs Austria, India vs Russia, Netherlands vs Pakistan, Span vs France, Canada vs Ireland, Great Britain vs Malaysia and New Zealand vs Korea.
Women's section: Germany vs Italy, Australia vs Russia, Great Britain vs Chile, Ireland vs Canada, Spain vs Korea, India vs USA and China vs Belgium.