first_img(REOPENS FGN 16) (REOPENS FGN 16) “Well need to play our best hockey to get good results and aspire for a medal,” said Oltmans. “Some other teams are also fielding a lot of youngsters, but only a very good show can earn us victories over teams ranked above us,” he said. World No. 1 Australia, third-ranked Germany, No.4 Great Britain and fifth-placed Belgium are all ranked above India, currently at the seventh spot in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) standings. Australias 13 gold medals make them the most successful nation in Champions Trophy history, way ahead of eight golds for nearest rivals The Netherlands, who have decided not to field a team this year to prepare for the Olympics. The Indian team had grown in confidence after the bronze medal in the World League Finals at Raipur six months ago. It was the first podium place in a global event in more than three decades for the erstwhile world champions. There are just two more Champions Trophy competitions left for India to overcome the enduring tinge of sadness at not having won more medals. Started as the showpiece annual tournament, the Champions Trophy will be discontinued after 2018 as the FIH is planning to introduce a new global league. This edition of the Champions Trophy returns to the old format of six teams competing in round-robins and the top two teams advancing to the final. The third and fourth placed teams in the round-robin league will play-off for the bronze medal. Indias round-robin league fixtures: India vs Germany (June 10), India vs Great Britain (June 11), India vs Belgium (June 13), India vs South Korea (June 14), India vs Australia (June 16). PTI Cor PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more