New Delhi, 03 November 2019: Hockey India today named the 33 Core Probables list for the upcoming Indian Junior Men's National Coaching Camp scheduled to begin on Monday, 4 November 2019. Players will report at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru Campus for the four-week National Coaching Camp that concludes on 1 December 2019. The Indian Junior Men's Team put up a fantastic performance at the 9th Sultan of Johor Cup earlier this month, beating Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia in the competition. India finished runners-up after going down fighting against Great Britain in the Final.
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Really happy to resume some sort of outdoor stick-work, says Indian Men's Team Midfielder Sumit
The lockdown period saw Indian Hockey Teams remain at the Sports Authority of India Campus in Bengaluru for close to three months, but without much contact with their sport as the teams followed the guidelines put out by the authorities. However, Indian Men's Hockey team's Midfielder Sumit is delighted to finally be practicing the sport again at his local ground in his hometown of Sonipat. The youngster says the time off from National Camp has been refreshing for him, and he is now again looking forward to rejoining his teammates soon.
"I always looked up to Sardar Singh, his discipline was infectious," says India Colts midfielder Vishal Antil
In 2017, when Vishal Antil, a talented attacking midfielder, came into the Junior National Coaching Camp in SAI, Bengaluru, he would closely observe his Senior compatriot Sardar Singh who trained at the same campus. The former India Captain's discipline, his focus on the game and professionalism made Antil look up to him. "You didn't really have to interact with him to learn but just watch him go about his everyday routine. He was so disciplined and focused, he never let outside factors affect him mentally and he always took care of his body. The lights in his room would be switched off at 9.30 PM everyday, these are qualities of a great player," recalled Antil of his idol.