Revised schedule leaves India guessing (Junior Asia Cup Diary)

July 10th, 2008 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, July 10 (IANS) India will face Japan on the first day of the junior Asia Cup hockey championship, starting here Friday, but the hosts were clueless about the timing of the match till late Thursday afternoon. Four matches are scheduled for the opening day of the eight-nation tournament and India’s match is the last one at 5.30 pm.

“I think we are playing Japan but I can’t say the exact timing of our match because the schedule has not been given to us,” coach A.K. Bansal said Thursday morning.

The draw had to revised after China and Thailand pulled out.

The new schedule was sent to the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) for approval. The AHF in turn has sent it to International Hockey Federation (FIH) for clearance, thus creating the delay in finalising the schedule.

It was only in the afternoon that the media were handed out the schedule by the organisers.


New kits for India players

The India team will have new kits, a new blue jersey with the logo of Sahara India embossed on them.

TK Hockey Equipments, which also has a tie-up with the FIH, is supplying the kits for the first time to the India team.

Rajan Kohli, who runs a subsidiary of TK in Jalandhar, said he had another company which in the past had supplied sticks to the national team, but now he is looking forward to working closely with Indian hockey.

“We are associated with Indian hockey since 1982. We are the best in apparell and kitting and hope to have a long association with Indian hockey,” he said.

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