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    Eight Karnataka players found a place in the list of 48 probables announced by Hockey India on Saturday for the next phase of the national camp that is currently underway at the Sports Authority of India campus here.
    Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri, defender and drag-flick specialist VR Raghunath, midfielders Arjun Halappa and Vikramkanth, and forwards SV Sunil, Amar Aiyamma, Nithin Thimmaiah and Pradhan Somanna made the cut from the original number of 90. 

    The national camp took off under new coach Michael Nobbs on July 3 while HI selectors AB Subbaiah, BP Govinda, Col Balbir Singh and Thoiba Singh conducted a three-day selection process from July 13 before announcing the shortlist.

    The shortlist is further expected to be pruned to 18 by the beginning of next month at the conclusion of the first phase of the camp towards the end of this month. The second phase is scheduled to kick off on August 8. The 18 campers will continue to train at SAI until August 28 before flying to Ordos, China for the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy from September 3-12.

    Newly-appointed coach Nobbs left for Australia on Saturday and is expected to rejoin the camp by the end of the month, provided he procures his work visa. In his absence, SS Grewal will oversee the camp.

    The shortlist: Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri, Adrian D’Souza, PR Sreejesh, Kamaldeep Singh.

    Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Sandeep Singh, William Xalxo, VR Raghunath, Harpreet Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Diwakar Ram.

    Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Vikram Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Vikas Sharma, Vikramkanth, Bharat Chikara, Danish Mujtaba, Prabodh Tirkey, Vikas Pillay, Birender Lakra Jr,  Ravi Pal, Ignace Tirkey, Manjit Kullu, Kothajit, Manpreet Singh, Ajitesh Roy.

    Forwards: Rajpal Singh, SV Sunil, Tushar Khandker, Amar Aiyamma, Mandip Antil, Shivendra Singh, Bikas Toppo, Sarvanjit Singh, Roshan Minz, Nithin Thimmaiah, Prabhdeep Singh, Banmali Xess, Akashdeep Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Pradhan Somanna, Prabhjot Singh, Yuvraj Valmiki, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglinsana, Ramandeep Singh

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Home> Sports / DHNS / Jul 16th, 2011


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    July 11th, 2011adminSports


    Olympian and Asian Games bronze medalist in heptathlon, Pramila Aiyappa, Indian Kabbadi women’s team captain Tejaswini Bai and hockey star Bharat Chetri inspired students of Venkat, St Ann’s and Venus Group of Institutions by their very presence at a Sports Carnival here on Saturday.
    As the students of these schools gathered at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to prove their mettle at the annual sports meet, the sports stars cheered them on. 

    Pramila was highly impressed by the schools encouraging the students to excel in sports in such a big way.  “Sports should be encouraged at an early age,” she said.

    Eminent hockey player Bharath Chetri, a gold medalist in Junior World Cup, silver medalist in the Commonwealth Games and bronze medalist in the Asian Games, said the sports carnival was an amazing experience.

    Festivity was in the air as hundreds of students of Venkat, St Ann’s and Venus Group of Institutions participated in the events. The schools wanted to deliver the message that students should excel in diverse fields and not merely in academics.

    During the march past, students who excelled in national and state level sports meets led their respective teams.

    There were students who excelled in cricket, hockey, athletics and other sports at national and state level, including a student who played chess with world champion and grand master Vishwanathan Anand and ended the game in a draw.

    The Chairman of the Venkat, St Ann’s and Venus Group of Institution T Balakrishna said the group believes in the overall development of the students and sports is an essential part of their curriculum.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Home> City / by DHNS / December 10th, 2010


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