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INDIAN HOCKEY NEEDS TO IMPROVE FITNESS TO COMPETE WITH WORLD’S BEST TEAMS, SAYS SKIPPER SARDARA SINGH

 

Even as Australia coach Rich Charlesworth raised questions at fitness of India players, Hockey India captain Sardar Singh too accepted weakness in the said department.

Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of an exhibition match in Raipur, the India skipper said the team needs to improve fitness to compete with world’s best sides such as Australia. “If the team wants to play a 70-minute game, we must attain that much of fitness level,” he said.

He, however, said the Indian team has improved a lot in the last 1-2 years under the guidance of different coaches. He hoped the strategy of new coach Terry Walsh would be of great benefit to the team.

Singh asserted that his team will rectify its past mistakes in the next camp ahead of important tournaments World Cup, Commonweath Games and Asian Games.