As the FIH Olympic Qualifiers are inching closer, the Indian women’s hockey team arrived in Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday to attend a national coaching camp which will commence from October 14.The camp will focus on the team’s preparation for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, which are scheduled to be played on November 1 and 2.India skipper Rani Rampal seems elated ahead of their matches against the USA.”We have two weeks time before the qualifying matches. We can train at the same venue where we have to play. We are very excited about the two games as we were waiting for the long for those encounters. We have prepared well so far and it is the final time to execute,” Rampal told ANI.”We are not going to change our strategy in the coming days as we have done what we have to do,” she added.India will play two matches against the USA. The best of two matches will determine the team that qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic.India women, who were recently on their tour to England, displayed good performance as they won one match and lost the other. The rest of the three matches witnessed a draw between India and Great Britain.Also Read | India men’s hockey team maintain 100 per cent winning record on Belgium tourAlso see:
Japan and Sri Lanka today discussed developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties between both countries, the President’s office said.Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication Yoshitaka Shindo called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s House this morning. Shindo also thanked Sri Lanka for its support and assistance in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2011, noting how much the people of Japan appreciated it. In March of this year, during a visit to Japan, President Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The Japanese government committed to a total of Rs. 57.8 billion in development aid to Sri Lanka. Since then, this is the second high-level visit of a Japanese government official. In May of this year, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso visited Sri Lanka and met President Rajapaksa.Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella, Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information Charitha Herath, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Kshenuka Seneviratne and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda also joined the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) The discussion focused on existing collaborations between the two countries while also developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties, including in the communications sector.