Sports: India face Germany in Hockey Champions Trophy opener with podium finish on mind

Indian hockey team

(From PTI)

Aiming to gain in confidence before the Olympic Games, the Indian hockey team will be eyeing a podium finish in the Champions Trophy, beginning with a clash against Olympic gold-medallists Germany in London on Friday.

Launching their campaign at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre, India are seeking to add to their only Champions Trophy medal — a bronze — they won at Amsterdam in 1982.

On seven occasions thereafter, India have been edged away from the podium as they lost crucial bronze-medal encounters. The last two Champions Trophy events in 2012 (Melbourne) and 2014 (Bhubaneswar) feature among the seven fourth-place finishes that left the Indian fans dejected. Read more

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