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Men in Blue, the Indian men’s hockey team, will play New Zealand in their first match at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

<p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> The Indian men’s hockey team, which finished third in the last competition in Tokyo, will play New Zealand in Group B of the 2024 Paris Olympics, according to the schedule released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Wednesday. The gold medalists from the Tokyo Olympics, Belgium, silver medalists Australia, and 2016 Olympic champion Argentina have all been grouped with the Men in Blue.</p>
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<p>India won the Asian Games in Hangzhou last year, earning them a spot in the Paris Olympics. India, who have won 12 gold medals in the Olympics, will take on the 11th-ranked team in the FIH Rankings on July 27 to start their campaign. India’s second match is against Argentina two days later, while the Ireland encounter is the following day.</p>
<p>To wrap off their group rounds, Craig Fulton’s team will play Belgium and Australia on August 1 and 2. On August 4, the elimination games begin, and on August 8, the medal matches take place. In the meantime, South Africa, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Great Britain make up Group A.</p>
<p>Each group’s top four teams advance to the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship games. In the presence of Tayyab Ikram, president of the FIH, and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the draw was revealed on Wednesday at the Olympic House in Lausanne. Regretfully, the Indian women’s hockey squad was unable to secure a spot in the Paris Olympics.</p>
<p>India is presently rated fourth in the FIH rankings, with the two other teams from Group B in the top five being Belgium in second place and Australia in fifth. India’s group stage matches will all take place in Paris at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.</p>
<p>Men’s hockey was first played in the Olympic Games in London in 1908, and it will be played for the 25th time at the Olympics in Paris in 2024. Women’s hockey debuted at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980, and it will be played for the 12th time in a row in Paris in 2024.</p>
<p>Schedule of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team for the Paris Olympics: India vs. New Zealand, July 27</p>
<p>Argentina vs. India on July 29</p>
<p>Ireland vs. India on July 30</p>
<p>Belgium vs. India on August 1</p>
<p>Australia vs. India on August 2</p>

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