India clinched the inaugural FIH Women’s Nation’s Cup title with a 1-0 win over Spain in the summit clash.
The win confirmed India’s berth in the 2023-24 Pro League. Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal in the sixth
minute from the penalty corner as the Commonwealth Games bronze medalists ended the eight-nation tournament with five wins on the trot.
Captain, leader, legend! An emotional @savitahockey discusses her team’s heroic effort in winning the inaugural #FIHNationsCup and qualifying for the 2023-24 season of the #FIHProLeague! @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/nK97k8AJXa
— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) December 17, 2022
The Janneke Schopman-coached side had beaten Ireland 2-1 via a shootout in the semifinals. India were ranked a spot below Spain (seventh) in the FIH chart. By virtue of winning the Nations Cup, the Indian team has been promoted to the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Women’s Pro League, a key event ahead of next year’s Asian Games and 2024 Paris Olympics.
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India and Spain had played in the FIH women’s Hockey Pro League 2021-22 season as replacement teams after pull-outs by Australia and New Zealand due to COVID-19-related issues. India had finished a creditable third in the 2021-22 FIH Pro League. The country has not qualified for the ongoing 2022-23 Pro League season.