Hockey legend Glenn Turner named 3 countries including defending champion Belgium as contenders for Hockey World Cup victory
Turner also said that Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist India should not be taken lightly in his own home.
New Delhi. Former Australia hockey player and two-time world champion Glenn Turner feels his country, defending champions Belgium and the Netherlands are strong contenders to win the upcoming men’s hockey World Cup, but has pushed Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist India to his own. He has also warned against taking it lightly at home. Let us tell you that India is hosting the Hockey World Cup 2023.
Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, hosts India, Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, England, France, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Chile and Wales are the 16 teams competing in the tournament, which is hosted jointly in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. from 13 to 29 January.
Turner, a two-time Olympian, said, “I think Australia has a big opportunity. He recently won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. They are a class team. I know how they train and they train to win. Their core and fundamentals are very good and I think that is what sets them apart.
Difficult to beat defending champions Belgium
Turner, who was a member of the Australian team that won two consecutive World Cups in 2010 and 2014, said, “I think Belgium are also contenders because they are in very good form. It’s hard to beat them at the moment. And I think the Netherlands should also be in the top and if they play to their potential then it will be really good.” Turner said, “India will play at home. I would love to see him perform well. Let us tell you that India is hosting the Hockey World Cup 2023.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 08, 2022, 00:16 IST