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