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Boys 'upbeat and focused' for Junior Hockey WC, says coach Oltmans

ANI  |  Lucknow [India] 

With just ten days to go before take on in their Pool D match at the Hockey Junior World Cup Men, 2016 slated to begin here at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium, coach Roelant Oltmans has insisted that the team is upbeat and focused.

The boys are upbeat and focused. We will be playing a practice match with on December 2 and further fine tune our game," stated Oltmans.

He also added the players are getting used to the new turf here at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium which serves as the main venue for the mega event with all 44 matches being played here.

"We have trained on this pitch for the past five days and the boys are getting used to the new turf. It is similar to the turf back in SAI where the boys have been based for almost 10 months," he said.

The squad will play their second practice match on December 5 against Netherlands. "We will meet these two teams with which we play practice match only in the Semi Finals or the Final. So this won't be just another practice game," he asserted.

The evening session saw the squad train at the newly built Padma Shri Mohammed Shahid Synthetic Hockey Stadium which will serve as the practice venue for the tournament. The training was carried out for two hours under flood lights.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 19:09 IST
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