The Indian Hockey team with 33 of its core players who are probables to play in the World Cup will hit the training ground at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru for two weeks of National coaching camp with a month in hand for the world cup.
The National coaching camp is being held as a part of the final preparation before the FIH Hockey World cup begins in from January. The World championship will take place at Rourkela, Bhuvaneshwar from 13 January onwards. The tournament will see 16 teams battle it out for the title and all of the matches will be played at the tremendous state-of-the-art venues in Odisha.
The last edition of the World cup was also played at Bhuvaneshwar where Belgium came out as winners. This time around, the Indian team will look to end their drought of 40 years and will try to win FIH World cup for the first time since 1975.
The hosts will try their best to get their hands on the coveted trophy and the preparations have already begun in full swing. As a part of the preparation, the management has acquired the services of Dutch Double Olympic champion Bram Lomans in order to help the Indian drag flickers.
Dennis Van De Pol has also been invited to raise the standards of Goalkeeping. The Special Drag Flicking and Goalkeeping camp is scheduled to begin from tomorrow (December 14) and it will conclude on December 20. Team India will head to Odisha on December 27 and the hosts will begin their World cup campaign on 13 January against England.
Meanwhile, star flicker Harmanpreet Singh has suggested that the Indian side is ready for the challenge. Harmanpreet has expressed that India’s tour to Australia for the 5-match series has helped them immensely. According to him, their series against the World No.1 has provided India with necessary insights and the areas they need to work upon.
The Indian Hockey federation has also shared the list of 33 players that have been called up to the training camp at Bengaluru and they are as follows:-
Krishan Bahadur Pathak, PR Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Gurinder Singh, Jugraj Singh, Mandeep Mor, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Sanjay, Yashdeep Siwach, Dipsan Tirkey, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Moirangthem, Rabichandra Singh, Shamsher Singh, Nilkanta Sharma, Rajkumar Pal, Sumit, Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mohd Raheel, Maninder Singh, S Karthi, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek, Dilpeet Singh and Sukhjeet Singh.
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