New Delhi, Jul 8 : In their on-going efforts to bring the world's best minds to work with the Indian team in their quest for Olympic Qualification, Hockey India has invited two-time World Cup winner Fergus Kavanagh from Australia to work with the Indian defenders for seven days during the on-going National Coaching Camp in Bengaluru from July 8 -14.
Kavanagh who was part of the Australian dream team that won the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and the 2014 World Cup in The Hague and Gold Medal at consecutive FIH Champions Trophy from 2008 to 2012 and 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar will be working closely with 14 defenders identified by Hockey India.
The list includes Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surendra Kumar, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Rupinder Pal Singh, Mandeep Mor, Pratap Lakra, Suman Beck and Parampreet Singh. Speaking of this initiative, Chief Coach Graham Reid said, "the first week we will be focusing on all aspects of our defence using the unique experience of Fergus’ last 10 years with Australia and more recently with Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
The subsequent 4 weeks will be about building a very strong basis of both physical fitness and all-round skills in preparation for our Olympic Qualifier in November. Goalscoring, PC’s, Shootouts and capitalising on our recent Goalkeeping camp will round out the next phase before going to Tokyo for the Olympic Test event in August," added Reid. (UNI)