Indian women finish seventh

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> India declared seventh placed team in Women's World Cup hockey qualifying tournament after their opponents Lithuania were suspended.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Abbeville, France:

India were declared the seventh placed team in the Women's World Cup hockey qualifying tournament here today when their opponents Lithuania were suspended. However, the seventh place could not assure the Indians a berth in the World Cup next year and they would have to win a three-match series with the United States before February 28, 2002 for qualifying, Indian team manager Rupa Saini said. Lithuania were suspended by Tournament Director after they refused to replay the penalty strokes with Ireland to decide their yesterday's match. Lithuania and Ireland were tied 1-1 after regulation time and extra-time and the referee had to resort to penalty strokes to decide the outcome. Though Lithuania won the penalty strokes 6-5, Ireland lodged a protest saying the strokes were not conducted in a proper sequence. Tournament Director Ms Claire of Belgium, after consulting the technical committee members, upheld Ireland's protest and ruled that the penalty strokes would be taken again this morning. However, Lithuania did not turn up claiming they had already won the match. Ireland were declared the winner and allowed to play against Scotland for the 5-6 placing. But Lithuania reached the venue of the afternoon match and pressed their claim for playing. Tournament Director then suspended Lithuania and declared India as the seventh team. Indian Women's Hockey Federation has been left with a choice to decide whether they want to play the three-match series in India or USA. (PTI)

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