2020 tokyo olympicsfield hockeyhockey Olympic qualifiersIndia First Published: November 2, 2019, 8:55 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bhubaneswar: Skipper Rani Rampal’s 48th minute strike sealed Tokyo Olympics berth for the Indian women’s hockey team as they pipped USA 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 1-4 in the second leg of the FIH Qualifier here on Saturday.Later in the day, the Indian men’s team crushed Russia 7-1 in the second leg and booked their spot at Tokyo 2020 with an emphatic 11-3 aggregate win. After both the teams missed their opportunities at the Asian Games 2018, the women settled for silver while the men bagging the bronze, both the Indian teams grabbed their second chance by the scruff of the neck to seal India’s hockey representation at next year’s Summer Olympic Games.The hockey event at the Olympic Games will take place from July 25 to August 7 in Tokyo.RANI RAMPAL SHOOTS INDIA TO OLYMPICSAfter thrashing USA 5-1 on Friday, it was expected to be a formality for the Indian women but they were given a real scare by the USA women, who raced to a 4-0 lead at the halfway mark.However the partisan fans went into raptures when Rani pulled one back to maintain the slender lead till final hooter.Captain Courageous! IND 1-4 USA#IndiaKaGame #INDvUSA #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey pic.twitter.com/RDOjT83rfJ— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 2, 2019 Indian women have now qualified for back-to-back Olympics having sealed it in Rio de Janeiro after a gap of 36 years. The women’s team first participated in the Quadrennial extavaganza in 1980 where the men’s team last won their gold medal.On Saturday, Indian women looked a pale shadow of themselves as USA took full advantage of their complacency during the first two quarters.Amanda Magadan (5th, 28th minutes), skipper Kathleen Sharkey (14th) and Alyssa Parker (20th) scored for the visiting side.Pushed to the wall after being forced to recover from a four goal deficit following the 1-5 defeat in the first-leg on Friday, the American girls meant business from the onset as they not only dominated the proceedings in the first quarter, but also pumped in two goals to stun the home team.The Indians played catch-up hockey and found it difficult to counter USA’s persistent attacks from the onset. It was a completely different scenario from Friday’s match as the Indians were found wanting, struggling to get the control of the ball.USA made a lively start to the contest as they earned two penalty corners minutes into the match but failed to execute the chances on both occasions.The Americans’ positive intent soon bore fruit when they took the lead in the fifth minute through a brilliant penalty corner deflection goal by Amanda Magadan.Determined to not give up without a fight, USA continued their onslaught and doubled their lead in the 13th minute when US skipper Sharkey pounced on a defensive error and punishing India’s failure to clear their lines by firing into the bottom right corner.USA continued in the same vein and tripled their lead five minutes into the second quarter when Alyssa Parker fired high into the net after receiving a pass from Danielle Grega after the India defence was caught off guard yet again.Two minutes later, India secured back-to-back penalty corners but wasted both the opportunities.Moments after India’s Navneet Kaur was shown a yellow card, USA created a chance for Amanda Magadan, who made absolutely no mistake, smashing powerfully into the bottom left corner for her second goal of the game to wipe out the four goal deficit.The third quarter started on a scrappy note as both the teams struggled to retain possession. After the change of ends, India looked to get their acts together to some extent.Five minutes into the quarter, India secured a penalty corner but Gurjit Kaur’s effort went wide of the post.After the change of ends, India showed signs of coming back into game, but USA defended in numbers and to keep the hosts at bay as the third quarter ended with the visitors leading 4-0 and the aggregate scoreline standing at 5-5.India secured a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but Gurjit’s flick once again failed to trouble USA goalkeeper Kelsey Bing.Locked at 5-5 on aggregate scoreline, it took an inspirational strike from Rani in the 48th minute from a loose ball to reduce the margin and hand India the vital lead.The Americans were awarded a penalty corner four minutes from full time but the decision was overturned after India went for the referral.INDIA’S MAULING OF RUSSIA SEALS TOKYO PLACEThe Indian men, ranked fifth in the world, had earlier defeated world number 22 Russia 4-2 in the first-leg on Friday.HdhjdjdbdjdndndnddnkekskakbekayiehdjehenensbdndbebebeebYeaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!…We can’t keep calm coz we’re coming to Tokyo!#IndiaKaGame #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey pic.twitter.com/H2Yvps6jIX— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 2, 2019 On Saturday, Akashdeep Singh (23rd and 29th minutes) and Rupinder Pal Singh (48th, 59th) scored a brace each, while Lalit Upadhyay (17th), Nilkanta Sharma (47th) and Amit Rohidas (60th) struck after Russia took an early lead in the opening minute through Alexey Sobolevskiy.The Russians stunned India 25 seconds into the game when Sobolevskiy opened the scoring to reduce the goal difference to just one.The Indians were slow to get off the blocks and it took seven minutes for the hosts to get their first scoring opportunity in the form of a penalty corner, but it was wasted.After a sedate start, the Indians intensified the pressure on Russia’s goal but were unable to create clear chances. Russia, on the other hand, looked dangerous on counter-attacks as the hosts trailed by a goal in the opening quarter.India equalised in the 21st minute through a field strike by Lalit Upadhyay, who deflected in a Hardik Singh shot.The Indians upped their ante and took the lead in the 23rd minute when Akashdeep scored following a penalty corner.There was no stopping India after that as they kept up the pressure on the Russian defence and mounted quite a few attacks.Graham Reid’s men extended their lead just a minute from half time when Akashdeep scored his second goal of the game through individual brilliance.India went into the halfway break with a comfortable 7-3 lead over Russia on aggregate, courtesy three strikes in the second quarter.Five minutes after the change of ends, Alexander Skiperskiy narrowly missed the target after a beautiful team work by the Russians.In the 44th minute, Ramandeep Singh missed a big opportunity to increase India’s lead as his attempt went wide.There was no stopping the Indians after the initial hiccup as they added four more goals in the final quarter to add to Russia’s agony.Nilakanta scored with a powerful shot into the top left angle of the goal in the 47th minute before Rupinder converted a penalty corner in the very next minute.The berth more or less secured, India pumped in two more goals in the final two minutes of the game through penalty corner conversions by Rupinder and Rohidas.(With PTI inputs)
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) proudly celebrated its 150th anniversary last month with a series of spectacular events and initiatives to say thank you to Hong Kong and the company’s partners, guests and friends from around the world.Originally incorporated on 2 March 1866 as The Hongkong Hotel Company, Limited, the company merged with the Shanghai Hotel Company in 1923 to create The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, which today is the world’s oldest small hotel group in continuous operation. HSH was one of the first companies to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is currently the oldest registered company on the Hong Kong Companies Registry. For a century and a half, the compelling story of HSH has been closely tied to its city of origin, Hong Kong, and its heritage also reflects the story of the stunning developments in global travel and adventure.The 150th anniversary events and initiatives include:1. The world’s first and largest-scale display of helium balloons to be tethered on the façade of a Grade I listed buildingAs one of the highlights of the HSH 150th anniversary celebration, the company unveiled a series of custom-made giant balloons designed and hand-made by artist Ken Moody of Big Ideas Parade Giants Studio in Arizona, USA.Seven of the eight giant helium balloons have been anchored onto the hotel’s legendary façade for a period of three days from 25 to 27 November 2016, marking the first time in the world such a large-scale display has been tethered to a Grade I-listed heritage landmark.Each balloon was designed, sewn, assembled, and hand-finished, before being shipped to Hong Kong by logistics sponsors GS4 International. This is the first time that seven of HSH’s curated collection of giant helium balloons – including inflated renditions of The Peak Tram; The Peak Tower; The Repulse Bay Complex; The Peninsula’s 1934 Phantom II vintage Rolls-Royce; The Peninsula’s MD902 Helicopter; the HSH-themed Montgolfière-style balloon (named after the inventors of the world’s first passenger-carrying hot air balloon, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier); and even a giant Peninsula Pageboy named “Michael” after Sir Michael Kadoorie – has been showcased together, in what will become a travelling exhibition to HSH properties around the world in 2017. Only The Peninsula Hong Kong-shaped balloon was not displayed so as not to duplicate The Peninsula’s already iconic façade!The stunning spectacle has been achieved after months of planning in a highly complex feat of engineering and logistics, orchestrated by Hong Kong-based Ironmonger Events and The Peninsula Hong Kong’s engineering team, with policy support from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.2. 150 Peninsula PagesOn the morning of 25 November 2016, 150 youth volunteers from exemplary Hong Kong educational institutions including the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU); Vocational Training Council (VTC); Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), dressed in the crisp white uniforms of The Peninsula’s Pageboys and Pagegirls, congregated on the hotel’s Helipad for a dramatic commemorative aerial photo opportunity spelling the words ‘HSH 150’ in human formation.3. A dazzling 150th anniversary gala From the earliest days of The Hong Kong Hotel’s opening in 1868, to the grand gala openings of The Repulse Bay Hotel in 1920 and The Peninsula Hong Kong in 1928, and many spectacular occasions ever since, HSH parties have welcomed Hong Kong’s high society to a dazzling evening of dancing, flowing champagne and exquisite delicacies. On Friday 25 November 2016, the brand celebrated 150 years of the company with a gala befitting such a momentous occasion, welcoming 2000 guests from Hong Kong and around the world.A sumptuous variety of handmade canapés and deluxe food items were served to highlight the cuisine of all seven of The Peninsula’s award-winning restaurants, including The Lobby, Gaddi’s, Spring Moon, The Verandah, Imasa and Felix; with a curated list of fine wines, Champagnes and spirits carefully selected to pair perfectly with dishes and keep guests’ glasses overflowing until the early hours of Saturday morning. 4. Giving back to Hong KongHSH has always been a responsible corporate citizen, with a particular focus on charity and community service as a strategic pillar in its Vision 2020 for Sustainable Luxury. Led by the Kadoorie family, an ethos of philanthropy has been at the heart of the group’s culture since the 1880s. HSH plays its role in honouring and protecting the heritage of Hong Kong’s past and the Kadoorie family archives by providing support to The Hong Kong Heritage Project, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017.