India Junior Women’s Hockey Captain Preeti’s Confidence Soars after Asia Cup Success, Aims for World Cup Medal

Indian junior women team have gained confidence since Junior Asia Cup win and plans to carry the same momentum in the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup 2023. The mega event will be in Santiago, Chile from November 29 to December 10. The teams will compete in a tournament divided into four pools. The Indian team earned the right to compete in the World Cup after defeating Korea 2-1 in the final of the Women’s Junior Asia Cup in June, securing a gold medal. They hope to bring home a medal from the prestigious tournament, as India has not claimed a medal since 2013 when they won Bronze. The Indian team finished fourth at the 2021 women’s Junior World Cup, but captain Preeti says they have learned from past mistakes, especially the need to maintain intensity throughout each match. Preeti, who hails from Sonipat, Haryana, faced many obstacles in her journey to becoming a professional hockey player, including personal and physical challenges. However, she believes in setting an example for women and girls entering the sport. The team is hopeful that Indian fans will continue to support them in Chile, and Preeti acknowledges that their support will be crucial for the team’s confidence and motivation.