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  Ajmina, Jiwan selected for Women Junior Hockey World Cup
15 Nov 2021
 

Hockey India today named an 18-member Indian Junior Women Hockey Team, including two from Odisha for the FIH Hockey Womens Junior World Cup, scheduled to be held in Potchefstroom, South Africa from 5 to December 2021. The two Odisha players are: defender Ajmina Kujur and forward Jiwan Kishori Toppo.

The tournament will witness 16 top teams from across the globe battle for the title which was previously won by Argentina in 2016. The best performance for India in this event came in 2013 where they won the bronze medal after beating England.

Lalremsiami, who was part of the Indian Senior Women Team that finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, will lead the squad with Ishika Chaudhary as her deputy. The team also includes Salima Tete and Sharmila Devi who also played at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Preeti and Prabhleen Kaur have been chosen as alternate players (AP) who will be permitted to play only if there is an injury or someone in the 18-member squad is ruled out of the tournament due to covid-19.

Speaking about the team selection Chief Coach Janneke Schopman said, “To pick the final selection of 18 players was extremely difficult especially as all 28 players in the Core Probable Group worked very hard in the past months and made good progress. But we feel that we have selected a strong team that is able to compete with every team at the Junior World Cup.”

“With the experience from the Senior team and some great young talent we will show the best India has to give. The team is very excited as they have waited a long time to compete at the world stage and we’re looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity,” she added.

India, who are grouped in Pool C, begin their campaign on 6th December against Russia. They will take on defending champions Argentina on 7th December in their second match in the round robin league, followed by their match against Japan on 9th December.

The knockout matches will take place between 10th December and 16th December as the teams will look to become the champions of the quadrennial event. The teams in the fray include the Netherlands, Korea, Ireland, Zimbabwe in Pool A, England, Belgium, Canada and Uruguay in Pool B. Argentina, India, Japan and Russia in Pool C while Germany, Spain, United States and South Africa are in Pool D.  

INIDIA U-21 WOMEN TEAM: Bichu Devi Kharibam (GK), Khushboo (GK), Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Ishika Chaudhary (VC), Priyanka, Marina Lalramnghaki,Ajmina Kujur, Baljeet Kaur, Reet, Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Salima Tete, Sharmila Devi, Lalremsiami (C), Beauty Dungdung, Deepika, Mumtaz Khan, Sangita Kumari, Jiwan Kishori Toppo.
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TOP: Odisha duo Ajmina Kujur (Right) and Jiwan Kishori Toppo pose after being selected for the Womens Junior Hockey World Cup 2021.
RIGHT: Indian team at a photo session after being selected for the Womens Junior Hockey World Cup 2021.

 
   

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