New Delhi: The start of the fitness camp at Barog, Himachal Pradesh, has been delayed by three days due to reasons, which the Indian Hockey Federation said, were beyond its control. The camp, originally scheduled to begin on May 10, would now start on May 13 and continue till May 28, IHF sources said today. "We could not start it on time as we did not get enough rooms there. We have been forced to delay the camp by three days," the sources said. The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has chosen the picturesque venue, situated 33 km on the Kalka-Shimla highway and 1680-m above the sea level, for some high-altitude training in the build-up to the Athens Games. In the first phase only 12 probables including veteran Dilip Tirkey and three strikers -- Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh -- would be attending the camp. They would later be joined by the members of the 18-member 'experimental' Indian team that would be playing a four-nation tournament in Japan from May 13 to 18. Meanwhile, the camp for the Japan tournament started at the National Stadium today with most of the players reporting to coach Harendra Singh on the first day. The side, containing mostly junior players, would be led by Services' Ignace Tirkey.
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