Indian women’s hockey team sealed Tokyo Olympics berth pipping USA 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 1-4 in the second leg of the FIH Qualifier here on Saturday.
Skipper Rani Rampal’s 48th minute strike pulled one back to maintain the slender lead till final hooter.
Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it in Rio de Janeiro after a gap of 36 years. The women’s team first participated in the Quadrennial extravaganza in 1980 where the men’s team last won their gold medal.
Later, the Indian men’s team crushed Russia 7-1 in the second leg and booked their spot at Tokyo 2020 with an emphatic 11-3 aggregate win.
After both the teams missed their opportunities at the Asian Games 2018, the women settled for silver while the men bagging the bronze, both the Indian teams grabbed their second chance by the scruff of the neck to seal India’s hockey representation at next year’s Summer Olympic Games.
The hockey event at the Olympic Games will take place from July 25 to August 7 in Tokyo.