A RESILIENT INDIA went down fighting 1-3 in their game against defending champions Australia in a thriller of an encounter here at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament 2017 on Tuesday.
HAVING ARRIVED in Ipoh, Malaysia a week before the start of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the Indian Senior Men’s team has had enough time to get used to the humid conditions and are geared up for a good start at the tournament, asserts P.R Sreejesh, captain of the Senior Indian Men’s team.
HOCKEY INDIA today announced its decision to not send the Indian Junior Men's Team for the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. The tournament to be played between October 22- 29 October 2017 in Johor Bahru features Pakistan apart from hosts Malaysia.
21-YEAR-OLD goalkeeper from Mumbai Suraj Karkera wants to make the most out of this opportunity without being too ambitious about finding his name in the national squad for the forthcoming 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.
WITH THE Senior Men's Team for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to be announced next week, Indian midfielder Manpreet Singh says this is a great tournament to see where the team stands ahead of the Men's Hockey World League Semi Final in London in June.
ACE INDIA FORWARD SV SUNIL feels with good results in these tournaments, it is a realistic goal for the Indian team to make it to the top three position in the world.
S.V SUNIL was named the Asian Player of the Year 2016 in the senior men’s category and Harmanpreet Singh was named the Asian Promising Player of the Year 2016 in the junior men’s category.
20-YEAR-OLD SUMIT from Sonepat, Haryana, is in the Senior Men’s national camp. His first call up was in 2013 when a group of 48 probables was named for the Asia Cup. It was then that he got to witness stalwart players like Sardar Singh, Sreejesh, SV Sunil among others who inspired him with their work ethics.
ARJUN HALAPPA, the former India Skipper, who has recently joined the Indian Senior Men’s camp as a Coach feels Indian hockey teams, both senior and junior, have made rapid progress in the past two years and much of this success needs to be attributed to the new approach adopted in terms of training.
THE SENIOR MEN'S HOCKEY team is going through a transitional phase and with emphasis given to juniors this new Olympic cycle, the task is cut out for the seniors. While they have an added responsibility of mentoring the youngsters, they will also need to push equally hard to keep their place in the squad.
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