World’s leading coach Roelant Oltmans will train the Delhi team while India’s top midfielder Sardara Singh has been appointed captain of Bhopal in World Series Hockey. Olympian Gold Medalist Brent Livermore will lead Chennai while former India captain Jude Felix will coach the Bengaluru team.
The appointments were made at a franchise workshop held today. The players for the eight teams will be finalized on Monday, November 28, based on the globally approved “Draft” system.
Jude Felix to Coach karnataka Lions
The allocation of captains and coaches are as follows:
1. Bengaluru –“Karnataka Lions”: Lead by Arjun Halappa Coached by Jude Felix
2. Bhopal: Lead by Sardar Singh, Coached by V Bhaskaran
3. Chandigarh: Lead by Rehan Butt Coached by Harendra Singh
4. Chennai – “Chennai Cheetahs”: Lead by Brent Livermore Coached by Jose Brasa
5. Delhi: Lead by Lucas Vila Coached by Roelant Oltmans
6. Mumbai: Lead by Adrian D’Souza Coached by Andrew Meredith
7. Pune –“Pune Strykers“: Lead by Rodrigo Garza Coached by Gundeep Singh
8. Punjab: Lead by Prabhjot Singh Coached by Rajinder Singh
The Captains of WSH Teams
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Close to the heels of announcing the Chennai and Bangalore franchise “Chennai Cheetahs” and “Karnataka Lions” respectively, World Series Hockey announces ‘Sai Grace Sports & Events Private Limited (SGSEPL)’ as the franchise owner for “Pune Strykers“, the team of Pune franchise of WSH. As it is announced earlier Karnataka Lions is owned by Sports Ace under the mentor-ship of Bollywood action hero Suniel Shetty while Chennai Cheetahs are owned by Chennai Sports Organisers Pvt Ltd (CSO) backed by LT Nanwani, the director and promoter of Jubilee Granites mining company.
The director of ‘SGSEPL’, Manoj Choudhary is a hockey aficionado and has been passionately involved with sports in his personal capacity. He is the promoter of ‘Jewel Products’, one of India’s leading corporate gifting and innovation companies.
Confirming their decision to join World Series Hockey, Manoj Choudhary, Director, ‘SGSEPL’ said: “Pune has a glorious hockey legacy and we felt it was only fitting that the city fields a team in World Series Hockey. We have always involved ourselves in sports and World Series Hockey provides an excellent platform to express our abiding interest in the game. The youth of India will definitely see a new connect with the National Game of the country”.
Yannick Colaco, COO, Nimbus Sport said: “We welcome ‘SGSEPL’ and the Pune Strykers to the WSH family. Manoj’s passion and association with hockey along with his strong business acumen and corporate relationships will definitely ensure the Pune Strykers make an impact in the inaugural edition of WSH.”