BENGALURU: The Indian males’s hockey workforce will start its journey in the FIH Pro League, following a 13-month pandemic-induced break, with the Argentina leg of the League, slated on April 10 and 11.
This can be the start of an unsure but essential part for the workforce. India are scheduled to face Great Britain, Spain and Germany in away contests earlier than heading dwelling to Bhubaneswar for the final leg in opposition to New Zealand on May 29 and 30. But with the surge in Covid-19 instances internationally, they are going to have to take one leg of the schedule at a time.
In this background and with lower than 4 months left for the Tokyo Olympics, there are extra questions than solutions surrounding the workforce. Among the first queries are the longer term of ace striker SV Sunil and the return of gamers who had examined constructive for Covid-19 just lately.
Sunil, 31, among the many senior most gamers in the squad, has been ignored in the chilly for the second consecutive competitors. He failed to make the minimize for the Europe tour just lately and finds himself out of the roster for the Argentina sojourn. In the 14th yr of his worldwide profession, Sunil finds himself on the crossroads and going by the workforce picks for the previous couple of tournaments, it seems unlikely that he’ll make the minimize to Tokyo.
Sunil, who has been half of the camp at SAI, South Centre since March final yr, could stroll into the sundown very similar to most gamers in the previous, who haven’t been allowed the dignity of a farewell sport.
India’s chief coach Graham Reid conceded he had a dialog with Sunil however was unwilling to dwell on it.
Speaking to TOI on Tuesday, he stated: “My stand (about the future) has been discussed with the athlete and I don’t like to bring that up into the public. Someone like Sunil provides very good experience to the younger players coming in (to the squad). They give a lot to the game and are great. You would never write someone off like that.”
PLAYERS RECOVERING FROM COVID-19
Three gamers in the workforce – Rupinder Pal Singh, Vivek Sagar and Gurjant Singh — which departs in the wee hours of Wednesday, recovered from Covid-19 just lately. It comes as a shock that gamers, who’ve resumed coaching only a few in the past, are again in the squad and can make the journey of about 30 hours to Buenos Aires.
According to medical specialists, gradual initiation into coaching is suggested earlier than they take the sector of play.
“The recovery varies from one individual to another. It depends on how much they were infected and how they have recovered. The path back to training and competition has to be graded and supervised,” opined Dr KS Satish, famous pulmonologist.
India squad: PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Shilanand Lakra, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gurjant Singh, Shamsher Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit, Raj Kumar Pal, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Manpreet Singh (C), Hardik Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Rupinderpal Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (VC), Gurinder Singh and Amit Rohidas.