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Vandana ascends to captaincy for WACT (10/5/2016)
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Vandana ascends to captaincy for WACT

October 4, 2016: Established star Vandana Kataria ascends to the leadership for the 4th edition of the Asian Champions Trophy to be kicked off last week of this month at Sengkang Hockey Stadium.

She replaces Suhsila Chanu, who led India at Rio, for the Asia's prestigious event. Sushila is injured and is recuperating.

The tournament will feature the Asian continent’s five best teams – defending Champions Japan, India, China, Korea and Malaysia.

The gritty Sunita Lakra (defender) has been named the Vice Captain for the tournament.

undefined The Asian Champions Trophy will follow a round robin format with each team playing each other once followed by the Gold and Bronze medal matches.

“Though the Olympics could have ended better for the girls, they are high on confidence as they got to see what it really takes to play at the highest level and are vying to showcase top quality hockey during the Asian Champions Trophy. The team has been training at SAI, Bhopal over the past three weeks and are looking fresh from a well-deserved break post Rio,” said Neil Hawgood, Chief Coach India Women Hockey Team.

Meanwhile, Vandana Katariya feels the tournament will help the team access where they stand. “I feel honoured to lead the team as they are a great bunch and we understand each other’s weak and strong points. Rio was a great experience and there is a lot of scope for us to improve and I feel this tournament will help us understand where we stand and how we can improve our game as a team as well as individually,” Katariya said.

The matches will streamed live on Singapore Hockey’s YouTube Channel :


1. Savita
2. Rajani Etimarpu


3. Deep Grace Ekka
4. Renuka Yadav
5. Sunita Lakra (VC)
6. Hnialum Lal Ruat Feli
7. Namita Toppo


8. Nikki Pradhan
9. Navjot Kaur
10. Monika
11. Rani
12. Deepika
13. Navdeep Kaur


14. Poonam Rani
15. Anuradha Devi Thokchom
16. Vandana Katariya (C)
17. Preeti Dubey
18. Punam Barla

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