The Indian women’s hockey team succumbed to their second successive defeat against Japan to go 0-2 down in the four-match series after their 1-4 loss at the Gifu Green Stadium in Kakamigahara on Sunday.
Having lost the first match of the series 0-3 on Friday, the Indians dished out a scrappy performance on a chilly and rainy afternoon to suffer another defeat. For Japan, Kama Nagayama (44th and 62nd minutes) sounded the boards twice, while Kaya Tameto (2nd) and Mie Nakashima (57th) chipped in with one goal each.
Rani Rampal scored India’s lone goal in the 48th minute, according to information received here. Japan was the dominant side from the onset as they opened their account as early as in the second minute when Tameto converted their first penalty-corner.
The hosts doubled the lead in the 44th minute from another penalty-corner strike through Nagayama. The Indians reduced the margin soon through Rani’s field goal. But Japan pumped in two field goals within a span of six minutes through Nakashima and Nagayama to seal the tie in their favour. The Japanese earned as many as eight penalty corners as against India’s two. The third match of the series will be played at the same venue on Monday.
Ghosal India’s lone challenge
Saurav Ghosal will be India’s lone challenge in the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic to be held from March 22 to 26 in East Wintergarden, London. Unseeded Ghosal will take on third seeded England’s James Willstrop in the first round of the prestigious PSA World Tour Five Star event.
NSFs welcome code against age fraud
Three national federations, which have been fighting the menace of over-age athletes, on Sunday welcomed the National Code against Age Fraud in Sports which is aimed at clamping down on age cheats. Indian Weightlifting Federation, Athletics Federation of India and All India Football Federation said they are ready to adhere to the new code formulated by the Sports Ministry.
Under the Code, which will come into force from April 1, athletes will have to undergo a medical examination to determine age and they will be issued an identity card by Sports Authority of India or national federations concerned.
Any athlete found overage in age-group competitions will be disqualified.
Ex-Aussie PM’s granddaughter makes cwg
SYDNEY: Samantha Marshall, the granddaughter of former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, has qualified to swim for her country at the Commonwealth Games in October.
The 17-year-oldfinished second behind Olympic champion Leisel Jones in the 100 metres breaststroke at the national