Thursday, August 14, 2014

Indian team’s Asian Games camp begins today


The Indian men’s hockey team will begin their preparatory camp for the upcoming Incheon Asian Games at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi on Friday. The 33 probables will be put through their paces under head coach Terry Walsh and other support staff. The team is brimming with confidence after bagging a silver in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The Sardar Singh-led side put up a splendid effort at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, stunning world number 6 New Zealand 3-2 in the semifinals before losing the final to much superior Australia. At the Incheon Asian Games, India will be pitted against defending champions Pakistan, who failed to make it to the 2014 World Cup for the first time ever, Korea and Malaysia.

India have shown significant improvement this year, beating three higher ranked teams under coach Walsh. They beat Olympic champions and then world number two Germany 5-4 at the Hockey World League Final Round in New Delhi, seventh ranked Korea 3-0 at the 2014 World Cup and sixth ranked New Zealand at the recent CWG.

The Asian Games schedule is not yet out and it remains to be seen who are the teams India are pitted with.
 
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