Indian National Men’s Hockey Team will be traveling Australia to play bilateral series in consecutive next three years. Hockey India and Hockey Australia declared the bilateral series agreement between two national hockey organizations. Hockey Australia will also release national men’s team Kookaburras player for Hockey India League’s upcoming future tournaments.
Hockey Australia Chief Executive Cam Vale said, “This is a milestone moment for Australian hockey. This agreement is the first step in honouring our commitment to building a calendar of top class events for Australian hockey fans and raising the profile of the sport. It also demonstrates how seriously we are taking our strategic goal to build a stronger commercial model for hockey.”
“We’re committed to showing our support for Hockey India, the Hockey India League and the International Hockey Federation in their endeavours to grow the sport globally. We believe that for the sport to grow the Hockey India League needs to be successful and the inclusion of Australian athletes can play a valuable role in achieving that success,” he added.
Hockey India CEO Elena Norman said, “We know that the Australians are World Champions and India has proved itself to be a formidable team on the international arena in the last year. Hence this move will work both ways, as when we play against each other we will even learn from each other and better ourselves in the process. Also, with this tie-up it opens more avenues to organise more test series with other nations, too, and create a calendar for the entire year.”