Bhubaneswar (Odisha), 01 June 2019: The Uzbekistan team arrived in Bhubaneswar on Saturday morning as they look to compete in the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 to attain qualification for the FIH Men’s Olympic Qualifiers 2019. The FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 starts from 6th June 2019 here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium which will see Uzbekistan participate as they start their journey on the road to the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Uzbekistan will be facing tough competition in Pool A from hosts India, Poland and Russia.
Uzbekistan’s Head Coach Rinat Mamatkazin said that his team’s training in Pakistan ahead of the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 will help his side to compete against the higher-ranked teams. “We have been going to Pakistan since December 2018 to train for the tournament, and we have played against their local clubs and the development team. We have a fairly young squad and playing against higher-ranked teams will only help us to improve our game. We will be looking to compete and hopefully play well starting with the first match against Poland,” he said.
Uzbekistan will be taking on Poland in the second match of the day at 17.00hrs IST.