KUALA LUMPUR: The national men’s hockey team suffered a six-goal drubbing at the hands of India in the Ready Steady Tokyo Olympics Test Event opening match at the newly built Oi Hockey Stadium, today.
India, ranked world number five, scored through Varun Kumar in the eighth minute, Gursahibjit Singh (18’ and 56’), Mandeep Singh (34’ and 47’) and Sunil Sowmarpet (60’), while Malaysian Tigers, ranked 12th, were unable to reply.
In another match, world number eight, New Zealand edged hosts Japan 4-3 in the four-nation test tournament, ahead of Tokyo Olympics 2020 slated to begin on 25th July, a day after the opening ceremony.
Malaysia, which is yet to qualify for the Olympics, will next face Japan at 5.30pm tomorrow, while India will face New Zealand.
The top two teams will play in the final, while the bottom two will face in the playoff for third and fourth place.
The tournament is part of the preparations for the national team under the tutelage of Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans for the final round of qualifiers in October and November.