Youth Olympic silver medallists Salima Tete and Lalremsiami have been made a part of the 33-member core probable group for the women’s hockey national camp, beginning in Bengaluru from Friday. Ahead of India's tour of Spain, starting January 24, the camp will be held under the watchful eyes of chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
Marijne stated on the development, “We will be working on getting to the right fitness level in a short 20-day camp to play matches during the team’s tour to Spain. We also want to train some new things we want to implement in our game."
India's women's team have been on the rise. In 2018, they summed up a brilliant year with flourishing performances (silver) in Asian Champions Trophy and Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia. Further, they even attained bronze in Commonwealth Games in April. As a result, they are placed at the 9th spot in latest rankings.
Asked about the areas the team needs to improve this year as they attempt to win Olympic qualification, Marijne said, “Better finishing and creating more scoring opportunities are the two key areas we need to improve. Having someone like Australia’s Glenn Turner was good but we can’t expect that we will now score more goals because of that 10-day camp. Every input will only improve the process of scoring more goals and this camp with Glenn was one of them. He shared his experience from his career and those things can help players,” he added.
Apart from Tete and Lalremsiami, several senior players retained their place in the core group. Among goalkeepers Savita, Rajani Etimarpu and Sonal Minj have received a call-up while defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Sushila Chanu Phukhrambam, Gurjit Kaur, Rashmita Minz, Suman Devi Thoudam, Mahima Choudhary and Nisha have also been included by Hockey India.
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