Coach Michael Nobbs does not have any illusions about his wards ability. The genial Australian, who worked on toughening his team from a physical aspect, believes that the team’s ability to pull a surprise will depend largely on their mental framework during the Olympics.
When 76-year-old Gurbux Singh opened the small, black case with trembling fingers and gently fished out the gold medal he won almost half a century ago, India hockey captain Bharat Chetri and his London-bound team-mates could not take their eyes off him.
The Sports Authority of India deserves kudos for rolling out four players of the current 2012 Olympic team. Bharat Chetri, VR Raghunath, SV Sunil and SK Uthappa‘s contribution to the hockey team that made it to the 2012 Olympics cannot be undermined.
The Indian men’s hockey team under Australian coach Michael Nobbs seems to have turned the corner by qualifying in style for the London Olympics. This comes as a relief following the debacle of 2008, when India for the first time since 1928 failed to make it to an Olympic game.
We have barely warmed ourselves to the World Series Hockey and the league is already plagued by controversies. To begin with, the infamous spat between Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI). The International Hockey Federation (FIH) does not recognize the IHF, but Hockey India as the national governing board for Indian hockey.
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