Kothajit Singh of Manipur on standby for Indian Hockey Olympic squad

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Jun 11,  6:44 PM| Newsonair| Prasar Bharathi
The Indian hockey team for the London Olympics Games has been announced.

Hockey player Kothajit Singh. Photo: R.V. Moorthy . Courtesy: Hindu**

Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri will lead the 16-member team in the Games starting from July 27.

Star midfielder Sardar Singh will be Vice Captain of the squad, which was announced on Monday by Hockey India.

Other members of the team are, P R Sreejesh, V R Raghunath, Ignace Tirkey, Sandeep Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Birendra Lakra, Manpreet Singh, S V Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Tushar Khandker, Dharamvir Singh and S K Uthappa.

Standby players are Sarvanjit Singh and Kothajit Singh.

Eight-time Olympic Champions India will start their campaign against the Netherlands on July 30 in the men’s hockey competition of London Games.

India are in Pool B, alongwith Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Belgium and Netherlands in Pool B, will play their next match on 1 August 2012 against the New Zealand.

India, which won its first Olympic gold medal in 1928, will next take on the current

Olympic Champions Germany on August 3, before playing against Korea on August 4.

India will play Belgium in their last preliminary match on August 7.

All the matches will be played on blue artificial turf with yellow kookaburra balls. The pitch has pink runways.

Before reaching the Olympic Games village in London on July 19, Team India will be finalising their preparations with a three week tour in France and Spain.

Team India will travel to France and Spain on June 26 to play test matches and a 3 Nation Invitational Tournament.

Indian men’s hockey team qualified earlier this year for the London Olympic Games, when they beat France 8-1 in the final of Hero FIH Road To London, Delhi.

The Squad:

  • Goalkeepers: Bharat Chhetri (Captain)
  • PR Sreejesh
  • VR Raghunath
  • Ignace Tirkey
  • Sandeep Singh
  • Sardar Singh(Vice Captain)
  • Gurbaj Singh
  • Birendra Lakra
  • Manpreet Singh
  • SV Sunil
  • Gurwinder Singh Chandi
  • Shivendra Singh
  • Danish Mujtaba
  • Tushar Khandker
  • Dharamvir Singh
  • SK Uthappa

Standbys:

  • Sarvanjit Singh
  • Kothajit Singh

Source: Newsonair.com

Image Credit **: Hindu.com

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