New Delhi, 04 January 2020: Hockey India on Saturday named the 25-member Core Probables list for the upcoming Senior Women National Camp to begin on 05 January 2020 at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus. The players will report to Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne for the 17-day Preparation Camp for their upcoming tour of New Zealand which is scheduled to take place later this month.

After a successful 2019 where the Indian Women's Hockey Team succeeded in their ambition of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the team is scheduled to begin the new year with a tour of New Zealand where they will be playing four matches against the World No. 6 side, along with one match against Great Britain. 2019 saw India produce some outstanding performances across tournaments as they won the FIH Women's Series Finals Hiroshima 2019, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Event in Japan, and the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, along with victories in their tours of Spain, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and England.

Apart from working on key areas such as fitness, ball-handling, structure and strategies, the upcoming Coaching Camp will see a rejuvenated World No. 9 Indian Team prepare for their matches against New Zealand and Great Britain, a tour which will help the side in preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Speaking ahead of the National Coaching Camp, Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, "We are all looking forward to an exciting 2020 and all the challenges that will come in the year. We start the National Coaching Camp with 25 players who have been selected to compete for the final 16 spots in the Olympic team. Because the group is smaller now, we can raise the quality of training even more in the upcoming 17 days before we head to New Zealand to play four matches against the hosts and one match against Great Britain."

The Core Probables group includes Goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Bichu Devi Kharibam, Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Manpreet Kaur, Gurjit Kaur, and Nisha. Among Midfielders, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Sonika and Namita Toppo have received a call-up. Forwards Rani, Lalremsiami, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Jyoti, Sharmila Devi and Udita have made the National Camp.

Core Probables List:

Goalkeepers:

1. Savita

2. Rajani Etimarpu

3. Bichu Devi Kharibam

 

Defenders:

4. Deep Grace Ekka

5. Reena Khokhar

6. Salima Tete

7. Manpreet Kaur

8. Gurjit Kaur

9. Nisha

 

Midfielders:

10. Nikki Pradhan

11. Monika

12. Neha Goyal

13. Lilima Minz

14. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam

15. Sonika

16. Namita Toppo

 

Forwards:

17. Rani

18. Lalremsiami

19. Vandana Katariya

20. Navjot Kaur

21. Navneet Kaur

22. Rajwinder Kaur

23. Jyoti

24. Sharmila Devi

25. Udita

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