The Indian Men’s Hockey Team have finished their first practice session ahead of the much awaited Hero Hockey World League Final 2015. The tournament slated from 27th November – 6th December 2015, is the biggest global hockey event for the calendar year, and will be played at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium 2015, Raipur , Chhattisgarh. The Indian team, who lost the three match series to Australia, earlier, seemed hopeful of a giving a good show at the tournament .
“We are taking one match at a time. The India – Australia series is over and now it’s the past. We have moved on from there and now all our efforts are focused on giving a good performance at the Hero Hockey World League. The good news is that all our players are fit and there is no injury in the team, which just gives us a lot of confidence ahead of our first encounter,” said Director high performance and chief coach Indian men’s team, Roelant Oltmans.
“It’s been a good preparation for us at the Australia series, and we have warmed up to take on the best at the Hero Hockey World League Final. The whole team wants to see the best results but we also know that every game is different and results cannot be predicted, hence, our efforts are to work as a collective unit so that we peak at the right time. All the eight teams will be playing in the quarter finals and no team is an easy team and we are preparing accordingly, as we know that we are up to face the best 7 teams in the world,” said VR Raghunath, Defender, Indian Men’s Hockey Team.
Hosts India will face Argentina in their first encounter, on 27th November, just after the opening ceremony, showcasing the Chhattisgarh folk culture, ends. The opening ceremony will be presided over by Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, and Balramji Dass Tandon, Governor of Chhattisgarh.