– Players from 5th National Championship make it for the all important camp
New Delhi, 15 May 2015: The Preparatory Camp of the Indian Men Core Probable’s team commences at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi on 16th May and will continue till 9th June 2015. The camp is the groundwork for the upcoming FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium from 20 June to 5 July 2015.
Forty-Eight players will be part of the initial camp starting 16th May 2015, wherein they will be gauged on their skills and how they play under pressure. Post a week training session of the camp, the top 33 core probable’s will be identified along with the team for the Indian squad to play for the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final in Belgium.
The 48 players are part of the initial camp will see players getting picked up from the recently culminated National Championship and include names like Akash Chikte who is a promising goalkeeper and was declared the one of the Upcoming Players of the Tournament for the Senior Men National Championship 2015. Besides him, goalkeeper Arpit Chaudhary and Abhinav Pandey have even made it to the 48 core probables.
Within the Defenders, Sunil Yadav and Midfielders Vikas Sharma and Imran Khan will feature in the camp. From the Forwards names like PR Ayiapa, Harasahib Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Vineet Kamble and Amir Khan get a chance to showcase their play under Indian Men Chief Coach Paul van Ass.
The Indian Men Team has gained a significant experience from the recently concluded India-Japan Test Series in Bhubaneswar where they won the series by 3-0. The Indian team experimented with new strategies and team combinations, which yielded them positive results.
Commenting on the new faces who will be part of the camp, Roelant Oltmans, Director High Performance, Hockey India said, “It is nice to see new boys getting a chance to prove their worth and potential. Each new player identified on the probable’s list is from their performance during the Hockey India National Championships and their future potential to be part of the Indian squad. Their play was the key for us to select them for the camp and give them a chance to further refine their skills and experience.”