The Preparatory Camp of the India Men Hockey team will start from 5th September at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. The camp will continue till 29 September 2015 for 25 days, where 26 players are called in.
The camp is the groundwork for the upcoming Men’s Hockey World League Final to be held in Raipur (Chhattisgarh), India from 27 November to 06 December 2015. The players will be gauged on their skills and will be undergoing meticulous training sessions to prepare themselves for the most awaited tournament of the year.
The Sardar Singh led Indian team is packed with confidence post their good play in the recently culminated Europe Tour where they took the series against France and Spain. The Indian Men Team has gained considerable experience through the tour as they had a good experience on the European style of play.
Commenting on the preparatory camp, Roelant Oltmans, Director High Performance, Hockey India and Chief Coach said, “The upcoming tournament is very important as here the team will be actually put to test as it will be a platform to understand their strengths and where all do they lack before playing the Olympics Games 2016. Each player from here will work towards building on oneself for the all important RIO Olympics and there is very less scope to falter. The team at this point is very high on its confidence be it the youngsters or the most experienced player, each one is playing with the sole motive to win.”
List of the players:
GOALKEEPERS: PR Sreejesh; Harjot Singh; Akash Chikte
DEFENDERS: Birender Lakra; Kothajit Singh; VR Raghunath; Jasjit Singh Kular; Rupinder Pal Singh; Gurjinder Singh; Pardeep Mor
MIDFIELDERS: Sardar Singh; Chinglensana Singh; SK Uthappa; Satbir Singh; Danish Mujtaba; Devinder Walmiki; Manpreet Singh; Dharamvir Singh
FORWARDS: SV Sunil; Ramandeep Singh; Akashdeep Singh; Mandeep Singh; Talwinder Singh; Lalit Upadhyay; Mohd. Amir Khan; Nikkin Thimmaiah