DARWIN: A resolute India drew 1-1 against Japan in their second game of the four-nation women’s hockey tournament to register their first point in the tournament on Wednesday.
Poonam Rani scored for India in the seventh minute, while Hazuki Nagai equalised for Japan in the 19th minute.
Japan started strongly by holding on to the possession and penetrating the Indian circle multiple times in the opening minutes of the game.
The Indians, however, quickly established control and almost took the lead with their first attack of the game but Poonam was try was denied by an alert Japanese goalkeeper Sakiyo Asano.
Two minutes later, Anuradha Thokchom won a penalty corner, and India took the lead.
GM BHAKTI LEADS
TASHKENT: Woman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni remained in sole lead following a draw with Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova of Uzbekistan in the sixth round of Asian continental women’s chess championship. The draw took Bhakti to five points out of a possible six.
JAKARTA: Indian shuttlers had a relatively good day in office as the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa and the men’s team of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy progressed to the second round of Indonesia Open Super Series Premier on Wednesday.
Jwala and Ashwini beat the Indonesian pair of Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma and Ribka Sugiarto .
ASIAN CHAMPIONS TROPHY
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on Wednesday announced the return of the Men’s Asian Champions Trophy after a gap of two years and the fourth edition will be held in Kuantan, Malaysia, from October 20 to 30.
The last edition of the competition was held in 2013.