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JAN 25 Indian men stand at 5th and women at 9th in FIH World Rankings

LAUSANNE (SWITZERLAND), JAN 24 
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has revealed the updated FIH Hero World Rankings at conclusion of the FIH Series Open events that took place at various locations between June and December 2018, 
The update affects the teams that participated in the FIH Series Open events and impacts the men’s and women’s FIH Hero World Rankings, both of which contain more nations with an official FIH ranking than at any point since the introduction of the rankings system in 2003.
Indian ranking in the men's section stands at number 5 with 1765 points while Indian women are ranked ninth  with 1188 points. Belgium (2246 points), Australia (2231), Netherlands (2079) and Argentina (1908) are ranked one, two, three and four, respectively, in the men's section.
Netherlands continue to have top ranking with 2550 points while England (1856) are at the second place in work world rankings. Australia are at third place with 1850 points,m Argentina at 4th with 1790, Germany at fifth with 1601, New Zealand at sixth with 1525, Spain at seventh with 1451 and Ireland at eighth with 1380 points.
The men’s FIH Hero World Rankings now features a record 97 ranked nations, with Nepal (WR:88), Zambia (WR:89), Afghanistan, Bolivia, Indonesia and Costa Rica (all jointly ranked at 91) each earning their first ranking points for their participation in the FIH Series Open. The number of women’s national teams with an official world ranking is up from 75 to 77, as Zambia (WR:72) and Bolivia (WR:75) claimed their first ranking points. 
With the inaugural FIH world rankings calculated in 2003 featuring 69 men’s and 55 women’s nations, the latest figures show that the number of international teams competing in FIH ranking events has experienced significant growth. 
 A total of 99 National Associations now have an official outdoor world ranking, with the indoor world rankings of Tajikistan, Greece and DPR Korea taking the overall total to 102.
On the men’s side, Chile – winners of the FIH Series Open event in Santiago (CHI) – have climbed six places to 28th in the rankings table, while Uzbekistan’s first place finish in Lahore (PAK) has seen them move up 12 places to 43rd. Vanuatu (WR:52), Namibia (WR:66), Tonga (WR:68), Kazakhstan (WR:77), Myanmar (WR:78) and Solomon Islands (WR:82) have all risen up the rankings thanks to their FIH Series Open performances, while Papua New Guinea (WR:54), Malta (WR:55), Hungary (WR:66), Cuba (WR:69), Finland (WR:70), Paraguay (WR:90), Brunei (WR:95), Vietnam (WR:96) and Bulgaria (WR:97) have all seen their rankings drop. 
Namibia’s victory at the FIH Series Open in Bulawayo (ZIM) has resulted in a rise of 18 places to 42nd in the women’s FIH Hero World Rankings, while Fiji are also big movers, climbing from 69th to 44th after their first-place finish in Port Vila (VAN). Paraguay (WR:50), Solomon Islands (WR:58), Guatemala (WR:67) and Vanuatu (WR:68) have also made progress up the women’s rankings.
Men: 1  Belgium 2246  points, 2  Australia 2231, 3  Netherlands 2079,  4 Argentina 1908, 5 India 1765, 6  Germany 1681,  7 England 1551, 8  New Zealand 1228, 9  Spain 1133, 10  Canada 1067, 11  Ireland 1030, 12 Pakistan 1028, 13  Malaysia 953, 14  China 843, 15  France 839, 16  South Africa 765, 17  Korea  740,  18 Japan 675, 19  Austria  638, 20  Egypt 618, 21  Poland 552, 22  Russia 503, 23  Scotland 484, 24  Wales 433, 25  United States 404, 26 Ukraine 398, 27  Brazil 341, 28 Chile 322, 29  Czech Republic 320, 30  Switzerland 314, 31  Belarus 271, 32  Italy 262, 33 Trinidad and Tobago 261, 34  Bangladesh 258, 35  Ghana 257.
Women: 1  Netherlands 2550 points, 2  England 1856, 3  Australia 1850, 4  Argentina 1790, 5 Germany 1601, 6  New Zealand 1525, 7  Spain 1451, 8  Ireland 1380, 9  India 1188, 10  China 1178, 11 Korea 1151, 12  USA 1074, 13  Belgium 1045, 14  Japan 1018, 15  South Africa 893, 16  Chile 890, Italy 816, 18  Scotland 598, 19  Czech Republic 534, 20 Belarus 529, 21  Canada 528, 22  Malaysia 514, 23  Poland  486, 24  Uruguay 439, 25  Russia 436, 26  Ukraine 402, 27  Wales 400, 28 Thailand 330, 29  Mexico 315, 30  France 298, 31  Austria 280, 32  Ghana 275, 33  Kazakhstan 258, 33 Turkey  258, 35  Singapore 254.

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