Asunta Lakra will be leading the 18-member Indian team for the women’s hockey 2012 Olympic qualifier “Hero FIH Road to London” at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Feb 18-26, while experience defender Joydeep Kaur returns to the action after being on sidelined for months due to injury. The team was selected after national selector observed the players in the recently concluded hockey Test series against Azerbaijan in New Delhi.
Canada, Italy, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine are the other participating teams besides India. India will open their campaign against Ukraine on Feb 18. They will next face Canada (Feb 19), Poland (Feb 21), South Africa (Feb 22) and Italy (Feb 24) in the round robbin stage of the tournament and first two placed teams will play final whose winner will qualify for London Olympics.
Goalkeepers: Yogita Bali, Savita
Defenders: Jaspreet Kaur, Joydeep Kaur, Subhadra Pradhan
Midfielders: P. Sushila Chanu, Asunta Lakra (captain), Kirandeep Kaur (vice-captain), Deepika, Ritu Rani, Mukta Prava Barla
Forwards: Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Rani, Soundarya Yendala, Anuradha Devi, Rosaline Dung Dung, Jasjeet Kaur Handa
Standbys: Rajani Etimarpu (Goalkeeper), Pinki Devi (Defender), M. N Ponnamma (Midfielder), Deep Grace Ekka (Midfielder), Anupa Barla (Forward), Lily Chanu (Forward)