Bhubaneswar, Oct 28: Russian Men's Hockey Team arrived last night for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers to be played here at the iconic Kalinga Stadium on November 1 and 2 against hosts India.
"It is exciting to return to India. We had a great experience last time playing here in front of very passionate hockey fans. Although the weather in June was very hot for us, we are hopeful this time of the year is cooler here and we can get acclimatised early," stated the skipper on their team's arrival here.
India had last beaten Russia 10-0 during the FIH Series Final.
However, the Russians are confident of a better show this time. "India is a very good team, much higher ranked than us. We are still a developing country in hockey but having said that, we are confident of putting up a good show against them. We have prepared well and we will put up a good fight for Olympic Qualification," added Denis. (UNI)