The Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Rio Olympics in 2016 after 35 years. The previous time that Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics was in 1980. In the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the Indian women’s hockey team finished fourth.
The Indian women’s hockey team finished 5th in the World Hockey League Semifinals which was enough for the hockey team to clinch a historic berth as a place opened up after Netherlands and England reached the finals of Euro Hockey Championships in London.
The Indian women’s hockey team was waiting for the confirmation since July as they needed two of already qualified teams to reach the finals of the European Championships for their qualification.
India qualified after England beat Spain in the semi-finals of the Euro Hockey Championships in London which ensured that only teams qualified who can now win the event have already qualified for Rio through the World Hockey League Semifinals.
India became the 10th team to qualify for the Rio Olympics after South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, Great Britain, China, Australia, NewZeleand, Argentina and The USA.
It is a proud moment for Indian women’s team and country to see both men’s and women’s team to qualify for the Rio Olympics. It was 36 years ago that the Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the Olympics and Hockey India said that it is the sweet moment in recent times. The main aim for the Indian women’s hockey team is to work hard and win the first medal for the country.
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