India and Spain will play in the upcoming women's Hockey Pro League as replacement teams only for this season after pull-outs by Australia and New Zealand, the international Hockey Federation (FIH) said on Friday.
The third season of the women's FIH Hockey Pro League begins on October 13 with Olympic and world champions the Netherlands taking on Belgium. "FIH is glad to announce that the women's national teams of India and Spain will join the FIH Hockey Pro League," the International Hockey Federation said in a statement.
India captain Rani Rampal is elated at the opportunity, saying the event will provide them an opportunity to rub shoulders with the best teams of the world. "This is great news for us. We have seen how much the exposure at the FIH Pro League helped our male counterparts. They got to play the best teams of the world, and that helped them take their game to the next level. Likewise, the Indian women's team is also looking forward to make the most out of this opportunity," Rani said.
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