Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Men, women hockey teams announced for Olympics

Men, women hockey teams announced for Olympics

Meanwhile, this decision was only taken after the India's brilliant performance under the captaincy of the PR Sreejest in the blue riband six-nation Champions Trophy hockey tournament in London. Women's hockey team also saw a change in captain as Sushila Chanu replaces Ritu Rani. He was Sreejeshs deputy in the Champions Trophy.

BJP President Amit Shah today congratulated Olympic-bound Indian hockey contingent on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and hoped both the men's amd women's squads will bring smiles on the faces of countrymen with their performances in Rio de Janeiro.

"Though I am the captain, there will be rotational captaincy. He understands what's required from him", said Oltmans. Off it, allegations of rape after pormising marriage levelled by a British national has also dented his reputation. The team management chose to let him keep the armband and will hope he can build on the first-ever runners-up finish at the Champions Trophy in London. This is the time to fine tune our processes and I have complete faith in our processes.

Even as a forward in the last couple of tournaments, he has scored important field goals and Oltmans was determined not to leave one of his most experienced players out. "It would also result in blocking a slot for a proper forward", a source said.

“I need shared leadership.

While he was rested for the Champions Trophy in London - that too apparently for the fear of facing any probe in UK - India produced their best-ever show by finishing runners-up in the tournament. His counterpart in the women's team - Ritu Rani - was nowhere to be seen. "When there is no pressure you can perform your best".

"Our focus will be to take one match at a time". I can only say one thing we will be 100 per cent prepared.

Sardar, meanwhile, did not seem disappointed on being axed as the skipper.

“For me hockey and nation comes first. Our only target is to give our best in the Olympics and we have been preparing hard for this event for the last two years. "I am really happy but I am little tensed as well because it is a big responsibility to lead the side in the Olympics after 36 years", Sushila said. "Our aim is to win a medal".

P.R. Sreejesh was named the skipper of the men side. While Sardar continues to deny those claims, the girl, who is also a hockey player, is exploring legal options and had also filed a police complaint a few months ago. "As a team we will try to keep him (Sardar) from distraction".

Sushila, 24, had captained the Indian team in Ritu's absence during their tour of Australia earlier this year.

She left the national camp in Bangalore last week in a huff upon learning her fate, possibly bringing an abrupt end to her remarkable career.

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