Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s hockey team to end preparation with 11-day camp

first_imgIndian men’s hockey team will complete their Asian Games 2018 preparations with an 11-day camp at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru, starting on Wednesday.The camp, which will conclude on August 11, includes seven standby players apart from the 18-member squad that has been selected for the Games.India’s preparations for the Asian Games had included playing back-to-back matches against Bangladesh, South Korea and New Zealand in what were hectic 21 days for the national campers.After the matches, the players were given a good break to recover and return fresh for the final national camp before the Games.India are the defending champions at the Asian Games 2018 and they placed in Pool A, alongside South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong China and Indonesia.Also read – India jump one place to 5th in latest men’s hockey world rankings”We will be starting high-intensity training after a gap of almost one week. The rest was much-needed after a hectic and busy schedule where the players played high-tempo matches against Bangladesh, South Korea and New Zealand,” chief coach Harendra Singh said in a statement.”This break was essential because now the players will report with a fresh mind and fresh legs for the final preparatory camp before heading for the most important Asian Games where we want to seal the Olympic qualification by winning gold,” Harendra said.”In the camp, we will continue working on all aspects of the game with specific focus on converting opportunities in the striking circle. We will work on the short comings noticed during the New Zealand matches.”[email protected], Chief Coach of Indian Men’s Hockey Team, has set his eyes on defending the 18th Asian Games 2018 as it will help the team to directly qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/21yjH5fMqxHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 30, 2018Harendra Singh said he was confident of India’s chances at the quadrennial event, which he believed would be a stepping stone for the season-ending World Cup in Bhubaneswar.”We are confident the team will take to the training sessions with high energy and they are aware that a successful Asian Games will be the right stepping stone for the season’s most-awaited Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar,” Harendra mentioned.India’s Asian Games 2018 squad:Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishan B Pathak, Suraj KarkeraDefenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Surender Kumar, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Jarmanpreet SinghMidfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Simranjeet Singh, Sardar Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit.Forwards: SV Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Shilanand Lakra.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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