Ipoh: Their World Cup berth all but secured, a confident India would look to book a direct ticket to next year’s mega-event by winning the ongoing ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament when they clash with defending champions South Korea, here on Sunday.
“The Asia Cup title can motivate youngsters who are leaving the game and taking up other sports. I hope this win can infuse life back into Indian hockey.... Indian hockey requires the Asia Cup title,” captain Sardar Singh said.
Both India and Malaysia have virtually qualified for the World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands, after South Korea shut the door on Pakistan with a narrow 2-1 win in the first semi-final.
Pakistan, record four time World Cup champions, will be missing the show-piece event for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 1971.