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Diwakar to lead India colts in Youth Olympic
NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Agencies):
Published on 28 Dec. 2008 1:48 AM IST
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Promising drag-flicker Diwakar Ram will lead a 16-member strong India under-21 hockey squad to the four-nation Australian Youth Olympic Festival to be held at Olympic Stadium, Sydney from January 14-18. All the 16 members picked on Saturday following trials in Bhopal were in the 21-member squad that toured Argentina for a Test series earlier this month. The remaining five who were in Argentina were kept as stand byes for the Sydney tournament. Apart from India and hosts Australia, the tournament will feature Malaysia and Great Britain. The U-21 men’s hockey team, under coach AK Bansal, is on a high in the international circuit this year. Apart from retaining the Junior Asia Cup title in Hyderabad, the colts also defeated World Champions Argentina 1-0 in the four-match Test series. These tournaments are seen a exposure trips for the team before the Junior World Cup at Singapore and Malaysia in June next year. The team will leave from Delhi on January 9 for Sydney. Squad: Goalkeepers: Mrinal Chaubey, C Santosh Kumar. Full Backs: Diwakar Ram (captain), Innocent Kullu, Manjeet Kullu. Mid-fielders: Birender Lakra, Vivek, Vikas Sharma, Belsajar Horo, Amardeep Ekka. Forwards: Pramod Kumar, Mandip Antil, Jay Karan, Danish Mujtaba, Dharamvir Singh, Mohd Amir Khan Standbyes: Hari Kripal Yadav, Jagwant Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Karamjit Singh, Mohd Asif Khan. Officials: AK Bansal (Chief Coach), Clarence Lobo (Coach), Rajeev Mehta (Manager), RC Trivedi (Physiotherapist).

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