India are eager to cover most angles in the qualification race by winning this playoff for the fifth position against Japan which they reckon should get them into the Olympic Games for the first time since Moscow in 1980.
     
"We want to cover all angles when the countdown to Olympic qualification comes to teams that have not made the top four grade at the two World League Semifinals," said Indian coach Mathias Ahrens, who wants his wards to be hungrier in converting goal-scoring opportunities.
     
Three spots each are on offer at both the World League Semifinal competitions – here at Antwerp and in the just-concluded event at Valencia.
     
With five continental event champions being allowed another route, there are likely to be several dual qualifications. In turn, that can open up Olympic spots for nations which do not make the top four of the two World League Semifinals.