IHF picks up Dhanraj for camp

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

The Indian Hockey Federation has announced that Dhanraj Pillay will be part of the Indian camp in Germany later this month.

New Delhi:

The Indian Hockey Federation has announced that Dhanraj Pillay will be part of the Indian camp in Germany later this month. The camp will be a preparation for the 4-nations event in Holland, India's last major outing before the Athens Olympics in August. Dhanraj's recall is a climb down of sorts from the IHF which had earlier this month ignored the veteran striker that had led to a wave of protests across the country. The voices of protest came from fans, from former player, from politicians and even the Indian Olympic Association. And there are reports that the official sponsors of the hockey team, Sahara also intervened to get the IHF to relent. However IHF boss KPS Gill denies that this announcement was a climbdown. Dhanraj's inclusion for the camp in Germany later this month has raised hopes of the veteran striker taking part in his fourth Olympics. The camp in Germany which begins on May 27 precedes the 4-nation event in Holland. That will be followed by another camp after which the team for Athens will be announced. Baljeet Singh Dhillon has also been included. Dhanraj's inclusion was the most surprising announcement, but there was another one as well from IHF president KPS Gill. He says that he will not stand for another term as President in 2006.

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