India took the lead through Gurjit Kaur’s goal in the 22nd minute and kept the Aussies women at bay to go into the break. But the Australians were relentless in their pursuit for the equaliser.
Pillay, who represented India in four consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2004, said fitness is the key asset of the Manpreet Singh-led side going into the Tokyo Games.
Bengaluru: Indian hockey team is currently one of the fittest in the world and will be a top contenders at the Tokyo Olympics, believes...
Besides the duo, vice-captain of India's Tokyo Olympics-bound men's team Harmanpreet Singh and women's team members Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur were nominated for the Arjuna awards.
The Indian men's hockey team has won 11 Olympic medals, includes eight gold, one silver and two bronze. However, it has been 41 years since the team last won an Olympic medal.
Continuing with their third stint goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and midfielder Manpreet Singh will bring in critical experience to the team alongside other Olympic veterans Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar and Mandeep Singh.
The candidates have become eligible to be appointed for HI-sanctioned sub-junior and junior category tournaments.
The experienced Sreejesh, who has also led the Indian team in the past, was one of the four new members appointed by the Executive Board.
Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High-Performance Centre defeated Khalsa Hockey Academy (Amritsar) 5 - 1 to claim the third spot.
The first half ended goalless in a closely contested final between two high-scoring sides. The deadlock continued in the second half with neither Haryana nor Jharkhand coming close to scoring.
Interested applicants can enrol via an open forum link. Each of the candidates undertaking the course has to submit a negative Covid RT-PCR test report with the test taken within 72 hours of arrival at the venue of the course.
After a two-week break following their Argentina Tour, the core group will assemble at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bengaluru on Sunday and will undergo mandatory quarantine.
In India's recent tour to Argentina, Sharmila scored twice for India in low-scoring games that proved crucial for the team against the second-ranked side in the world.
Camp will take place at the Sports Authority of India campus and the core group will undergo a mandatory quarantine period before re-starting training as per SAI and Hockey India SOPs
The Governing Body for Hockey held its 10th Hockey India Congress and Elections here on Friday where the newly elected President and Senior Vice President officially took charge of their duties.
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