India grouped with Spain in Women''s Champions Challenge

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Chennai, Feb 12 (PTI) India have been drawn with Spain,Azerbaijan and hosts Ireland in the Group B of Women''sChampion Challenge to be held in Dublin from June 18 to 26.

India earned promotion to the event by virtue of winningthe 2009 Champions Challenge II and their end of tournamentposition at the BDO FIH Indoor World Cup in Argentina.

Eight teams will participate in the biennial event andwill be split into two groups of four each.

Following the round robin event, all eight teams willthen move into a cross-over quarterfinal match, seededaccording to their respective group placings.

New Zealand won the last edition of the Women''s ChampionsChallenge in 2009 when the event was held in South Africa.

Favourites for the title, South Africa and Japan havebeen drawn in Group-A with USA and Scotland as the third andfourth teams.

Hosts nation Ireland were also at the 2009 ChampionsChallenge II, finishing in third place.

Japan and USA will kick off the event on June 18. Theteams will have three days of action in the preliminary leaguestage.

Losing teams in the quarterfinals will play in the 5-8classification section, while the winners will move into theSemifinals.

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