The Women’s Hockey World Cup is set to kick-off in London on July 21 but ahead of the start, the organisers made a big goof-up as they omitted Ashoka Chakra in the Indian flag in a promotional photoshoot. The shoot had all 16 captains of the participating teams stand alongside the national flags of their respective teams. In Indian tricolour, however, the Ashoka Chakra was missing.
A set-up was created alongside the river Thames where the flags of all the countries were placed and the captains of the respective teams stood for pictures. A report in The Times of India suggests that it isn’t yet known whether the issue has been raised with the officials or not but the obtrusive error isn’t something to be ignored.
The Indian women’s team has reached the World Cup for the seventh time in the history, with the best result coming at the inaugural edition in 1974 when the team finished fourth.
— Hockey World News (@hockeyWrldNws) July 18, 2018
Later, England Hockey shared another picture of the shoot where the Indian flag had the Ashoka Chakra visible.
— England Hockey (@EnglandHockey) July 19, 2018
“We’re feeling really good ahead of Saturday and we look forward to soaking up the atmosphere, which I am sure will be amazing as we take on the host country. The World Cup is always competitive but we hope to still be in the competition by the knockout stages and then you never know,” said Ranil Rampal, Indian women’s skipper during the launch.
As far as the fixtures are concerned, the Rani Rampal-led team is set to begin its campaign against hosts England on July 21. They subsequently will lock horns with Ireland on July 26 and USA on July 29 in Pool B encounters.
In total, there are 4 pools in the tournament – A to D – with the winners of each ground seeking direct qualification into the quarter-finals while there will be playoff matches in between the second and third-placed teams of adjacent pools for the second quarter-finals spot.