NEW DELHI: Following the success of the Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (U-21) held over three phases in New Delhi and Lucknow earlier this year, a similar league for U-16 girls is scheduled to start on August 16 at the Major Dhyanchand Stadium in the national capital.
Phase 1 of the 1st Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (U-16) is scheduled from August 16 to 23 where 16 teams from across the country are participating. A total of 56 matches will be played in Phase 1 and over 300 players will compete. The Sports Authority of India has allocated Rs 53.72 lakhs (Rs 5.372m) for 3 phases of the competition, which includes Prize money of Rs 15.5 lakh.
"In current scenario there are lot of competition/tournament exposures are in place only for the Senior category but, and specially in Women Hockey at Junior and Sub Junior level they don’t have such numbers of tournaments and competition where they can sharpen, assess their training and capabilities. That’s why initiating such Khelo India League at Sub junior level definitely going to play a major role in future in terms of Athletes performance and overall development and also make them learn how to handle such competition pressures," noted Piyush Kumar Dubey, former coach, Indian Men's Hockey Team.
The matches are scheduled to start at 6:30 am each day with the final match scheduled at 5 pm. August 19 is kept as the rest day.
Phase 1 and 2 of the Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (U-16) will be in round-robin format. The final ranking of teams will be determined after the completion of first 2 phases. Phase 3 will consist of classification matches where each team will play a minimum of 3 matches.
The Khelo India Women’s Hockey League (U-16) is yet another endeavour by the Khelo India’s Sports for Women component, which takes the most necessary steps to power in more female participation in a wide array of sports competitions. The support extends to not only giving grants but also helping in the proper organization and execution of the events.