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Paris Olympics 2024: Indian Men's Hockey Team To Face Tough Challenge In Pool B From Belgium, Australia And Argentina

The Indians are currently ranked third in the world, behind Belgium and the Netherlands, and they had found it tough to beat Tokyo silver medallist Australia and Argentina in the past

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Harmanpreet Singh, centre, celebrates his goal against Germany with his teammates on Monday. Photo: Hockey India
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Asian Games champions and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists India are placed in a tough Pool B in the men's hockey competition at this year's Paris Games. (More Hockey News)

Eight-time champions India, who clinched a historic bronze medal in Tokyo after a hiatus of 41 years, have been clubbed with reigning Olympic champions and world no.2 Belgium, mighty Australia, Rio Games gold medallist Argentina, New Zealand and Ireland.

The Indians are currently ranked third in the world, behind Belgium and the Netherlands, and they had found it tough to beat Tokyo silver medallist Australia and Argentina in the past. 

Pool A, meanwhile, consists of the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, France and South Africa.

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The International Hockey Federation announced the pools of both men's and women's hockey competitions after the completion of the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers on Sunday. 

In the women's competition in Paris, there will be no representation from India, who finished a creditable fourth in Tokyo, as they failed to qualify, having finished fourth after losing to Japan 0-1 in the Olympic Qualifiers in Ranchi on Friday. 

Germany, USA and Japan sealed their berths from the Ranchi event. 

Reigning Olympic champions Netherlands are placed in Pool A with Belgium Germany, Japan, China and hosts France, while Pool B comprises Australia, current silver medallist Argentina, Great Britain, Spain, USA and South Africa.

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The participating teams have been allocated their respective pools based on the FIH World Rankings as of Sunday. 

The 12 teams per gender have qualified for the Olympic Games either as hosts, winners of their continental qualifier or top three finishers of their FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifier.

The top four teams from each pool in both men's and women's competitions will qualify for the quarterfinals. 

The Paris Olympics will be held from July 26 till August 11 and hockey competitions will start from July 27 and end on August 9.

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