With Tokyo 2020 and other key fixtures coming up, the 27-day training camp will prove crucial.
As many as 25 core probables were named for the Indian hockey women’s team training and conditioning camp that will begin on February 16 as Hockey India ups their preparations for the 2020 Olympics.
In a list that includes captain Rani Rampal and recently awarded FIH Rising Star of the Year Lalremsiami, the probables will also prepare for the sixth Women's Asian Champions Trophy 2020, which will be held in June before the 2020 Olympics kicks off the following month.
The Senior Women National Camp will last for 27-days and will be held at the Sports Authority of India campus in Bengaluru where they will be under the watchful eye of chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
The Indian hockey women's team had begun the year with a tour of New Zealand, where they lost their three matches against the Kiwi side 1-2 but did manage to seal a win in their sole match against Great Britain and the New Zealand Development Team. They left the tour with learnings that will be worked on during the camp.
“With the knowledge of the previous tour of New Zealand, we have identified some areas where we need to improve, and we will have the chance to fine-tune on these areas,” Sjoerd Marijne said.
“It is an important phase in our preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, and so the upcoming camp will be focused on fitness because this is the moment where we can build, and have extra load in our training sessions,” he added.
According to their official website, the Indian hockey women’s camp will focus on ‘fitness, ball-handling, structure and strategies’ during their stay in Bengaluru.
Core Probables List:
Bichu Devi Kharibam
Deep Grace Ekka
Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam