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Nov 30

Written by: Sundeep Misra
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 

Barely days after the teams were announced for the World Series Hockey, six big players have pulled out of the series. All the six, Sandeep Singh, Bharat Chetri, Sardar Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Tushar Khandekar and Sreejesh are part of the Indian team that is currently gearing up to play Malaysia in the quarter-finals of the Champions Challenge in South Africa.

The pull-out will come as a setback to World Series Hockey. Hockey India’s warning that they will not be part of the national team set-up may have pushed them away from the WSH. The WSH is a co-sanctioned tournament of the Indian Hockey Federation and Nimbus Sport.

Sardara Singh was appointed captain the Bhopal franchise which also has Khandekar in its squad; Chetri is in Chennai’s line-up, Sandeep and Sreejesh in Chandigarh while Walmiki had been picked by Mumbai.

The media is already playing this up as the rebel series. It would be interesting to see how the other players respond to the pull-out by these six. In the letter sent to Hockey India, all the six confirm they would be joining the national camp and also request the World Series Hockey to postpone the league till after the Olympic Qualifiers.


3 comment(s) so far...

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By Vishav on   Friday, December 16, 2011

Re: Six top players pull out of WSH

I hope the IHF and HI can come to some sort of a truce for the benefit of the game and players. National players participating in the WSH will gain monetarily but will jeopardize Nobbs carefully crafted plans for the pre olympic qualifiers.
We have been lucky to be placed in an easy group but there is no room for complacency. Gone are the days of meeting 2 weeks before the tournaments ( as will happen if the guys play in the WSH ) and still win.
Hope everything works out for the good of the game and the players.

By Nikhilesh Roy on   Friday, December 16, 2011

Re: Six top players pull out of WSH

As far as I'm concerned, WSH is a good move but the FIH is again trying to play spoil-sport just like they destroyed Subcontinental grass-hockey by bringing in the astroturf. Why can't the FIH allow the WSH which is going to be a big financial boost for field hockey players the world over and would attract fresh talent into the sport.

Now that Bhaarath has made it to the finals of the CCT at RSA, let's work on the positives.

Dr.Sivaram Hariharan

By Hockeyfan on   Friday, December 16, 2011

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