Having booked their ticket to London Olympic Games after defeating France by 8-1 in the final of Hero FIH Road to London, (Olympic Qualifier at Delhi), Hockey India has announced a series of Coaching Camps for the Men Probables at SAI Centre Bangalore from 05 March 2012. Indian men’s team will be playing a number of tournaments before kicking off their campgain at the Olympic Games at London from 27 July – 12 August 2012. India has received invitations for two 4 Nations Tournaments at Lahore, Pakistan and Santandar, Spain besides the Olympic Test Events at London and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia.
Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali alongwith the Government Observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey besides Chief Coach Michael Nobbs held a Selection Meeting to decide on the Core Group of Probables for future camps. They unanimously selected the 48 probables who would be in consideration for the team that would play in the Olympic Games.
The big names like former captains and seasoned players, Arjun Halappa and Rajpal Singh, are missing from the list of probables. Earlier Rajpal Singh was not selected for on the basis of fitness while Arjun Halappa considered good enough for standbys for Olympic Qualifiers Squad. The omission of both the players from scheme of things has came as big shock for hockey fraternity in the country. But this is usual in Indian hockey, players have been left out without any major/minor issue with their onfield performance including Prabhjot Singh, Arjun Halappa, Adrian D’souza, Rajpal Singh and Deepak Thakur to name a few in recent past.
The list of probables is as following:
Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri, PR Sreejesh, Naveen Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Nanak Singh
Defenders: Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh, Manjit kullu, Gurjinder Singh, Harbir Singh, Amit Rohidas, Rahul Shilpkar
Midfielders: Ignace Tirkey, Kothajit Singh, Sardar Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manpreet Singh, Vikas Sharma, Gurbaj Singh, VS Vinaya, Bharat, Pardeep Mor, SK Uthappa
Forwards: Yuvraj Walmiki, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh, SV Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Pradhan Sommanna, Roshan Minz, Malak Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Ramandeep Singh, Nithin Timmaiah, Dharamvir Singh, Mandip Antil, MB Aiyappa, Gurmail Singh, Arjun Antil, Damandeep Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Ranjit Singh, Mandip Singh, MG Poonacha