New Delhi : Buoyed by their good showing in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Indian women’s hockey team’s chief coach Neil Hawgood is eying a top-two finish in the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4.
The Australian is eager to better his wards fifth place finish in the Commonwealth Games.
“The Commonwealth Games were a big improvement. We wanted to secure the fourth position but had to satisfy ourselves with the fifth spot. But this time (in Asian Games) we wish to reach the finals,” Hawgood said during an interaction with the media at the sidelines of the team’s training session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Wednesday.
Hawgood considers the Asian Games a ‘big challenge’ for the Indian eves considering the fact that they haven’t played Asian powerhouses like China and Korea for more than a year.
“We have played a lot of European teams in the last few months and it has been a good experience for the team. But we haven’t played Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea in the last 12 months and it is going to be a big challenge for us (in the Asian Games). China and Korea are major threats to us,” the coach said.