New Delhi, 12 September 2018: Hockey India on Wednesday named a 25-member Core Group for the National Camp to begin on September 16 at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar. The National Campers will report to Chief Coach Harendra Singh for a month-long training that concludes on October 14 ahead of the ten-day Asian Champions Trophy to begin on October 18 in Muscat, Oman where the Indian Team will defend the title. 

 

After the disappointment at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang where the Indian team ended their campaign with a Bronze Medal after beating Pakistan, the squad will be looking at overcoming the setback and regroup with fresh perspective in the lead up to the much-awaited Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. “The Bronze Medal was a consolation and there is no excuse for not making it to the Final of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang. There is no point looking back at the loss but now it’s critical for us to look ahead with a fresh, positive approach,” expressed Chief Coach Harendra Singh. 

 

The 25-member Core Group includes three Goalkeepers PR Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera and Krishan Pathak while defenders Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh and the young Pardeep Singh have been called up for the National Camp. 

 

Among midfielders Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Sumit, Simranjit Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and  Vivek Sagar Prasad have been selected. The forwards who have made the cut are SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh and Sumit Kumar. 

 

Meanwhile, ace striker Ramandeep Singh who underwent a knee surgery after sustaining an injury during the FIH Champions Trophy along with defender Birendra Lakra who will be under rehab from 16 September 2018. 

 

“The idea of training in Bhubaneswar was to get acclimatized and we are also looking at playing on the newly-laid turf at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium which will host the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. This is a very important phase in the lead up to the season Finale starting on November 28 and we intend to critically analyse our mistakes during the 18th Asian Games not just in our match against Malaysia but the other matches too. Asian Champions Trophy will be one tournament where we will be executing the changes made during this National Camp which is why the tournament in Oman will be very important for us,” emphasized Harendra Singh.    

 

National Campers List: 

Goalkeepers

 

1. P R Sreejesh

 

2. Suraj Karkera

 

3. Krishan Bahadur Pathak

 

Defenders

 

4. Harmanpreet Singh

 

5. Rupinder Pal Singh

 

6. Gurinder Singh

 

7. Varun Kumar

 

8. Kothajit Singh Khadangbam

 

9. Surender Kumar

 

10. Jarmanpreet Singh

 

11. Pardeep Singh

 

Midfielders

 

12. Manpreet Singh

 

13. Chinglensana Singh Kangujam

 

14. Sumit

 

15. Simranjit Singh

 

16. Nilakanta Sharma

 

17. Hardik Singh

 

18. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay

 

19. Vivek Sagar Prasad

 

Forwards

 

20. S V Sunil

 

21. Akashdeep Singh

 

22. Gurjant Singh

 

23. Mandeep Singh

 

24. Dilpreet Singh

 

25. Sumit Kumar 

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