Pakistan holds 10th po­si­tion in FIH rank­ings

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Pakistan is ranked 10th in the lat­est In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (FIH) Hero World Rank­ings re­leased Tues­day fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the hugely en­ter­tain­ing 2016 Hockey Cham­pi­ons Tro­phies in London.

Pakistan’s is ranked 10th with 1073 points, said a press re­lease is­sued here.

World Cup hold­ers and Hero Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy 2016 winners Aus­tralia re­main at the top of the men’s rank­ings, while Olympic and World cham­pi­ons the Nether­lands hold on to top spot in the women’s rank­ings.

There is no change in the men’s top three na­tions, with Nether­lands ranked sec­ond and Ger­many third. While Eng­land (and Great Bri­tain) re­main fourth, India have leapfrogged Bel­gium (6) and Ar­gentina (7) into fifth place thanks to their out­stand­ing sil­ver medal win­ning per­for­mance at the Hero Hockey Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy 2016 ear­lier this month.

In the women’s rank­ings, Pakistan is not even in top 35. How­ever Ar­gentina’s stun­ning ti­tle suc­cess at the Hockey Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy keeps them in sec­ond place but has seen them nar­row the gap with the top-ranked Dutch.

Aus­tralia and New Zealand re­main in third and fourth place re­spec­tively, but fifth place is now held by USA, who has moved up from sev­enth cour­tesy of the bril­liant bronze medal that they won at the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy on Sun­day.

The rank­ings were con­firmed fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the Women’s Hockey Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in London on Sun­day. The next update to the FIH World Rank­ings will be pub­lished fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which take place in Au­gust.

The update to the FIH Hero World Rank­ings will have no im­pact on the pools for the Olympic Games, which were set based on the rank­ings as at Jan­uary 1, 2016.—APP

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