Goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu to lead Indian team in inaugural FIH Hockey 5s tournament

Indian goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu will lead the nine-member hockey team to the FIH Hockey 5s tournament for the first time.

The nine-member India squad was announced by Hockey India on Friday. Mahima Choudhary has been appointed Rajani Etimarpu’s vice-captain for the tournament. The first edition of FIH Hockey 5s will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from June 4.

In addition to Rajani and Mahima, the Indian team also has defenders Rashmita Minz and Ajmina Kujur.

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The team’s midfield will have Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Mahima and Preeti. Strikers Mariana Kujur and Mumtaz Khan, who were part of the Under-18 team for the Youth Olympics held in format 5, along with Rutaja Dadaso Pisal, were also part of the team. Suman Devi Thoudam and Rajwinder Kaur are known as autocrats.

Janneke Schopman, head coach of the Indian hockey team, said in a media statement that although she has never coached the 5-star team, she is looking forward to the experience. She speaks:

“I have never coached Hockey 5’s in an official tournament so it will be an interesting experience for me. We have chosen a team with diversity. A lot of young talent has already proven themselves in the Junior World Cup and I would love to see them compete in this format alongside players from the Senior Core Group. “

The Indian women’s team will face Uruguay, Poland, South Africa and hosts Switzerland in the inaugural edition of the Hockey 5s tournament.

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Team India for Hockey 5s . tournament

The following players have been named by Hockey India to compete in the tournament.

Goalie: Rajani Etimarpu (captain)

Defender: Rashmita Minz and Ajmina Kujur

Midfielder: Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Mahima Choudhary (vice captain) and Preeti

Striker: Mariana Kujur, Mumtaz Khan, Rutaja Dadaso Pisal

Preventive: Suman Devi Thoudam and Rajwinder Kaur

Also read: Hockey India names Indian men’s team in first version of Hero FIH Hockey 5s


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