Indian women's team confident of winning medal

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Riding high on the success of the Commonwealth Games, the Indian women's hockey team is eying its chances to win a medal at the September 29-October 14 Asian Ga

Busan:

Riding high on the success of the Commonwealth Games, the Indian women's hockey team is eying its chances to win a medal at the September 29-October 14 Asian Games at Busan. India's prospects of winning a medal have been greatly enhanced after the number of participants in the Games was reduced to four following the withdrawal of some teams. Asian powerhouse China, Olympic silver medallists South Korea and Japan are the other contenders apart from India. The matches will be played on round-robin basis with the final slated for October 11. "All the four teams are good and have the capacity to win gold. So we are not taking anyone lightly," coach G S Bhangu said during the preparation camp in New Delhi. "Our preparation is aimed at mixing speed with skill as the Koreans and Chinese lay emphasis on fast and short passes," he added. Suraj Lata, who will continue to lead the team, which is a blend of experience and youth, was also realistic about the team's chances at the Games. "We are expecting a medal in Busan but not gold," she said. India had won the silver at the last edition of the Games in Bangkok. Competition in the women's section was introduced in 1982 New Delhi Games and India have been showing promising results at the Asian level. Also, their Commonwealth gold should keep them in good stead even against China who have the potential to emerge as a formidable force. (PTI)

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