18 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: With a little more than six weeks to go for the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, International Hockey Federation and Hockey India on Wednesday announced that the sale of online tickets for the tournament will go live today. The FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha will be played by both the Indian Men's and Women's Hockey teams at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The two-day event is scheduled for 1st and 2nd November 2019 which is the last stage of qualification for the much anticipated Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The Indian Men's Hockey Team, which is ranked no. 5 in the FIH Rankings, will be facing World No. 22 Russia in their FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha over the two matches. Meanwhile, World No. 9 Indian Women's Hockey Team will face off against World No. 13 USA in their respective two matches.
The winners from the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha will be determined on the basis of aggregate score from the two matches, and will progress to the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The matches during the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha will take place on both days, with the Indian Women's Hockey Team playing USA at 1800hrs IST, followed by Indian Men's Hockey Team playing the Russians at 2000hrs IST at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium.
Ticketgenie Solutions Pvt Ltd is the official ticket sales agency for the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and will make the tickets available online at 1100hrs IST on Wednesday, 18th September 2019 onwards
The tickets for the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha are priced at INR 200 for South and North Stands, and INR 300 for East Stand, for each of the two match days scheduled for 1st and 2nd November 2019.
Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, President, Hockey India, spoke on the launch of sale of online tickets, "FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha is an important tournament for our Senior Men's and Senior Women's Hockey teams as we are determined to qualify for next year's Tokyo Olympics. I am delighted for our fans around the country as they will be able to purchase tickets for the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and will be able to support our teams together at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The local support for the sport is no secret, and with the launch of online ticket sales, I am sure that hockey enthusiasts from around the country will want to book their spots for the crucial matches for our Men's and Women's teams as they face Russia and USA respectively."
The date for online redemption of the tickets will be announced in due course.
Information Regarding FIH HOCKEY OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS
The FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers is the last stage of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, where a total of 14 teams in both Men's and Women's categories will be vying for a place at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Each qualifier consists of two teams playing each other in back-to-back matches at the same venue. The winners of these FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will qualify for the 2020 Olympic hockey tournaments which will be staged in Japan’s capital city from 25 July to 7 August next year and involve 12 Men’s and 12 Women’s teams. The FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha will see both the Indian Men's and Indian Women's Hockey Teams in action as they prepare to face their opponents - Russia and USA respectively.