IHF rests seniors for SAF Games

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

The IHF has decided to second a second-string team, mostly comprising youngsters, to represent India at the SAF Games to be held in Colombo.

New Delhi:

The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has decided to second a second-string team, mostly comprising youngsters, to represent India at the SAF Games to be held in Colombo from August 18 to 27. Both India and Pakistan - the heavyweights in the Games - have decided to rest their senior players as they prepare for the prestigious hockey World Cup to be played in Monchengladbach, Germany, from September 6. A host of 32 probables are attending a training camp in Patiala from July 5 under junior coach Clarence Lobo. IHF secretary K Jothikumaran said the senior players could not be spared for the Colombo meet because of the packed schedule. "Our engagement in the SAF Games will come to an end on August 25 and the team for the World Cup would leave on August 24. So it is not possible to spare the senior players at all," Jothikumaran said on Tuesday. The final team for the SAF Games would be declared in a few days, he added. (PTI)

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