Dusseldorf: Ace striker Dhanraj Pillai's wish to play in his fourth successive Olympics was fulfilled as he found a place in the 16-member Indian hockey team selected for Athens Games starting August 13. Veteran player Baljeet Singh Dhillon was also named in the squad led by defender Dilip Tirkey. The team was announced by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president K P S Gill after India's final league match against Germany in the DSD four-nation tournament on Sunday. Late inclusion Pillay, who was ignored for a couple of tournaments and in the fitness camp at Barog, was later picked in the 30-member probable list and accompanied the team for the camps in the US, Holland and Germany. He played a crucial role in the four-nation tournament but India lost out to hosts Germany for the top spot on the basis of number of goals scored by either teams. The team comprises of six forwards and five midfielders in the roaster, which also has three defenders and two goal keepers. Sandeep Michael and Jatinder Pal Singh were among the five players dropped from the 21 training in Germany.
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