Indian hockey team to depart for Belgium

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) The Indian hockey team will leave for Belgium from here on Monday night to take part in the Hockey World League Semi-Final.

The 10-team tournament will be played in Antwerp from June 20 to July 5.

A top-4 position at the tourney will help teams qualify for the Hockey World League Final to be played in India in November-December. Also, a top-3 finish will help sides qualify for the 2016 Olympics for which India have already secured their berth by winning the 2014 Asian Games gold.

India have been placed in Pool A with Australia, France, Pakistan and Poland and will start their campaign against France on June 20.

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