India to tour Argentina, Singapore

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

Indian men's hockey team to tour Argentina and Singapore next month in preparation for the World Cup to be held in Malaysia in February.

Chennai:

The Indian men's hockey team would embark on a tour of Argentina and Singapore next month in preparation for the World Cup to be held in Malaysia in February, Indian Hockey Confederation Secretary K Jothikumaran said today. Plans were afoot to send the team to Argentina from January 4 to January 25 and to Singapore just before the World Cup to play against the hosts and Belgium, he told reporters at a function here to felicitate eight members of the Indian team on their return from Kuala Lumpur where they won the Champions Challenge Cup yesterday to book a berth for the next Champions Trophy. The Federation would shortly chalk out concrete plans for these trips and also the schedule for preparation of the team for the World Cup at a meeting with Chief Coach Cedric D'Souza, he said. C R Kumar, the coach of the victorious team, said apart from hosts Germany, India was the first team to have booked their berth for the Champions Trophy. The top finishers in the World Cup would be the other teams for the prestigious event. "Now India is in the elite group having made it to the Champions Trophy after a gap of six years," he said. On the performance of the team in the Champions Challenge trophy, Kumar was of the view that the presence of experienced players motivated the youngsters. "If the team keeps up the momentum, the World Cup will be ours," he said. (PTI)

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