IHF list for Aussie meet
New Delhi: The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) here announced a list of 30 probables for the double-leg invitational hockey tournament in Australia on Friday.
Besides India and hosts Australia, the tournament — to be played in Perth From May 28 to June 1 and in Sydney from June 4 to June 8 — will also feature Pakistan and an Australia A side.
The 30 probables will attend a month-long coaching camp in Bangalore from April 28. Thereafter final team for the tournament will be selected, an IHF release said.
Goalkeepers: Kamaldeep Singh, Devesh Chauhan, Bharat Chetri, Raja Rajan; Full-back: Dilip Tirkey, Kanwalpreet Singh, Jugraj Singh, Dinesh Nayak, Sharonjit Singh; Half-back: Ignace Tirkey, Vikram Pillay, Bimal Lakra, Arjun Halappa, Devendra Singh, Prabool Tirkey, Sandeep Michael, Prabhdeep Singh, Vinay V.S., Rajbeer Singh; Forwards: Dhanraj Pillay, Mukesh Kumar, Baljit Singh, Gagan Ajit Singh, Deepak Sonkhla, Prabhjot Singh, Tejbir Singh, Tushar Khondkar, Rajpal Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Daljit Singh.
Lippi hopes for Trezeguet recovery
Rome: Juve ntus striker David Trezeguet, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is expected to be fit for his side’s Champions League quarter final second-leg clash against Barcelona on April 22.
Trezeguet missed Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in the first leg and was doubtful for the second, but Juventus coach Marcello Lippi said the French international could be back sooner than expected.
“I believe I’ll have him back quickly, maybe against Roma (on April 19),” Lippi was quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.
“David is very important to us when it comes to finishing off certain manoeuvres. Without him we’re always having to find an alternative way to do things.”
Lippi also denied the hostile atmosphere of Barcelona’s Nou Camp would dampen his team’s spirits.
“Barcelona’s fans won’t intimidate us. They’ll just make us more hungry for a win,” he said. “And with a bit of that luck we haven’t had so far his year we’ll go forward in Europe”.
A huge blow to the US
Raleigh: Triple Olympic champion Marion Jones’ pregnancy could seriously affect US women’s gold-medal chances in August’s world championships but it should not hurt the international appeal of the Paris meeting, one of the sport’s top experts said Thursday.
“It’s going to severely compromise the US (women’s) gold medal scene,” E. Garry Hill, editor of Track & Field News magazine, said in reaction to Thursday’s announcement that Jones and 100m world record holder Tim Montgomery were expecting their first child in July.
“If she gets two (gold medals) every time in a world championships, or even a gold and a silver like she did in Edmonton, in the individual events, if you take those out, and all of a sudden it doesn’t look quiet so rosy (for the US),” Hill said.
Call for setting up anti-doping agency
New Delhi: A federal sports advisory body has urged the Indian government to set up an anti-doping agency after a series of recent doping incidents. The All India Council of Sports (AICS), part of the federal sports ministry, has said a National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) would soon be formed to tackle the issue. “The present system is not effective to curb doping,” AICS president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said after a meeting late on Thursday. “If needed we will ask for the parliament’s backing, such as an ordinance, to back this move,” he said.
The Indian Olympic Association revealed on Tuesday that 22 athletes in the Hyderabad National Games in December, including 13 medal winners, failed dope tests.
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