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PR Sreejesh has set the bar very high for Goalkeepers in India, says Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team Goalkeeper Prashant Kumar Chauhan

PR Sreejesh has set the bar very high for Goalkeepers in India, says Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team Goalkeeper Prashant Kumar Chauhan

Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team Goalkeeper Prashant Kumar Chauhan has been part of important victories in his short junior international career so far. The 19-year-old was part of the silver medal-winning team at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in 2018 and the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2019. The Goalkeeper said that he is extremely happy with the way his career has progressed so far.

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I watch and learn from Rupinder Pal Singh's dragflicking abilities, says India Colts dragflicker Pratap Lakra

I watch and learn from Rupinder Pal Singh's dragflicking abilities, says India Colts dragflicker Pratap Lakra

India Colts defender/ dragflicker Pratap Lakra is yet another prodigy emerging from the tribal belt of Sundergarh district in Odisha which is a hotbed of talented hockey players. From a small hamlet called Beldihi near Sundergarh, hockey came naturally to Pratap whose father and sister were already popular in that region for their innate abilities on the field and earned recognition for the family at the famed Khasi Tournament where the prize is a rare breed of goat meat to feast on for the winning team. "For me, hockey was a natural choice. Everyone in my village played the sport. My sister had played for the state and my father was a regular at the Khasi tournaments. I was very young when I picked up the stick and I knew hockey would be my future," said Pratap Lakra. 

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Hockey India participates in Asian Hockey Federation's, AHF Online Indoor Hockey Forum

Hockey India participates in Asian Hockey Federation's, AHF Online Indoor Hockey Forum

As part of AHF's plan for Development through Distance 'AHF Online Education' initiative of Hockey in the Asian continent, The AHF organised a spectacular online Indoor Hockey forum exclusively for experienced Hockey Coaches, Umpires and Staff across the Asian continent through the Microsoft Teams application on Saturday, 08 August 2020.

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Important for young players to learn the right techniques early, says former India Captain Bharat Chetri

Important for young players to learn the right techniques early, says former India Captain Bharat Chetri

Former India Captain Bharat Chetri believes that younger players in the country need to learn the right techniques of the sport at an early age, and must also rectify/ upgrade any basic techniques that they might have learned while growing up. "I think as a former player, you understand how important it is to have the right technique to be able to be successful in this sport. I was a Goalkeeper and it was really important for us to have learned the basics to excel. However, for us, all the right things came at a later stage as we grew more experienced and played around the world, but the advantage for the younger generation here in the country is that they have the facilities and the level of Coaching available to them now," said Chetri.

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India's current backline can challenge the world's best teams, says former India drag flick specialist VR Raghunath

India's current backline can challenge the world's best teams, says former India drag flick specialist VR Raghunath

The Indian Men's Hockey Team must treat the next one year as a countdown to the Olympic Games in Tokyo feels former India drag flick specialist VR Raghunath who laid emphasis on importance of having the right mind set in their approach. "I think the team must take this period as a one year countdown, and forget everything that's happened in the last 6-8 months. It is time to start afresh," stated the former defender who was part of some of India's finest victories including the 2014 Asian Games Gold Medal and FIH Champions Trophy Silver Medal in 2016. 

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Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway has created a new path for players to choose Coaching as a career, says former Indian defender Vickram Kanth

Hockey India Coaching Education Pathway has created a new path for players to choose Coaching as a career, says former Indian defender Vickram Kanth

While former Indian Hockey defender Vickram Kanth's first love is to play hockey, which he continues to actively pursue at the domestic level, he enjoys doubling up as a mentor when he sees a youngster repeat the same mistakes he and his compatriots would make in their formative years. "As an Ex-SAI trainee, whenever I find an opportunity to guide young players I do it. I enjoy playing mentor, correcting young players and teach them the right technique we learnt in the due course of our international career. The intention is to ensure these youngsters don't repeat the same mistakes we did which was corrected only when we moved into the national program," opines Kanth, who played for India as defender from 2007 to 2014.

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Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to continue conduction of Online Education Workshops exclusively for Hockey India Coaches and Technical Officials

Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to continue conduction of Online Education Workshops exclusively for Hockey India Coaches and Technical Officials

After the successful completion of the AHF Online Education Workshops exclusively for the Hockey India Coaches and Technical Officials last month, the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) will organize another set of workshops in the month of August. A group of 15-35 (approximately) Coaches and Technical Officials will be attending a total of five AHF Online Education Workshops.

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