This is the first time India have won the Women’s Junior Asia Cup. This led India to secure a spot in the FIH Women’s Junior World Cup 2023 in Chile. Japan beat China 2-1 to become the third team to qualify for the World Cup scheduled this year.
For India, Annu and Neelam scored a goal each while Park Seoyeon scored once for Korea. Hockey India Executive Board announced a cash prize of Rs 2 Lakh for each player, while the support staff will receive Rs 1 Lakh each.
Congratulations to our incredible Indian Women’s Hockey Team on their outstanding performance in the Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2023! What a historic moment! You’ve made the nation proud with your Gold medal victory against Korea, showcasing immense skill and determination. pic.twitter.com/zvfPOU1RXR
— Dilip Kumar Tirkey (@DilipTirkey) June 11, 2023
Hockey India President, Dilip Tirkey, lauded the Indian team for its glorious achievement and said, “We are filled with immense pride as the Indian Junior Women’s team clinched their maiden Junior Asia Cup, leaving us all in awe. Their exceptional display of talent and determination has been truly promising. This triumph has solidified their status as a dominant force in the field, and I firmly believe it will serve as a strong foundation for their upcoming challenge at the Junior World Cup later this year. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the team and the dedicated support staff for their unwavering efforts in bringing glory to our nation.”
Earlier this month, India also won the Men’s Junior Asia Cup hockey tournament after beating Pakistan in the final.