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India open junior hockey WC campaign against Singapore

india Updated: Feb 13, 2009 08:54 IST

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India have been pitted against hosts Singapore, the Netherlands, Poland and New Zealand for the junior men's hockey World Cup from June 7-21.

India are in Pool D of the 20-team competition which will be jointly hosted by Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Other countries that will feature in the competition include Argentina, the defending champions, Pakistan, the inaugural winner of the tournament in 1979, Spain, who finished third in 2005.

India, the 2001 champions, will play its first match against Singapore June 8.

Singapore Hockey Federation (SHF) president Annabel Pennefather-Dillon said they are looking forward to some excellent matches in the tournament.

"Our men's team will be pitted against India, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Poland, and we know it will be tough," he said in a statement.

The matches will be played at the Seng Kang West stadium in Singapore and at the Taman Daya stadium in Johor, Malaysia.

"The International Hockey Federation representatives were in Singapore recently to inspect our venue and meet with our event management team behind the tournament, and we're happy to share that they are very pleased with the progress of our preparations for this marquee event," Dillon said.

"We certainly aim to do our very best to make this a great and successful hockey and sporting event for Singapore."

Groups:
Pool A
-- Argentina, Belgium, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia
Pool B -- Australia, Chile, Germany, Japan, South Africa
Pool C -- England, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, USA
Pool D -- India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore