Ritu Rani to lead Indian women at World League hockey

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Ritu Rani will lead India’s 18-member squad at the FIH Women’s Hockey World League Round 3 to be played at Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 13-23.

Hockey India (HI) selectors Col. Balbir Singh and B.P. Govinda, high performance director Roelant Oltmans and chief coach Neil Hawgood, alongside government observer Harbinder Singh, picked the final squad May 17.

Ritu Rani’s (150 caps) deputy will be Chanchan Devi (82 caps).

The senior women’s team camp is underway at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala. The team will depart for Rotterdam June 5, and play their opening match against New Zealand June 13.

The Indian team qualified for the FIH Women World League Round 3 (semi-finals) in February this year by winning the World League Round 2 tournament in Delhi.

The FIH World League is a qualification tournament for the Women’s World Cup 2014 to be played at the Hague, the Netherlands, from May 31 to June 14, 2014.

India are placed in Pool B with New Zealand, Germany and Belgium while hosts the Netherlands, Korea, Japan and Chile form Pool A.

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