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Still a long way to go: Rajinder

June 10, 2003 18:27 IST

IHF president KPS Gill with the Indian hockey team

IHF president KPS Gill is flanked by Jugraj Singh (left) and Rajinder Singh and Gagan Ajit Singh.

Chief coach Rajinder Singh attributed India's fine showing in the three-nation Hockey Australia Men's Challenge to "team-work" and said he is looking to carry on the good work to next year's Olympics in Athens.

"Our showing in Australia is no doubt a big morale booster, but our primary aim is the Athens Olympics... and we have still a long way to go," Rajinder Singh said as the Indian team returned from Australia to a rousing reception in Delhi on Tuesday.

"We have to be very focussed to achieve our target and need to prepare really hard for that," he said.

India finished runners-up to Australia in the first-leg of the tournament in Perth but won the second-leg in Sydney.

Rajinder Singh said India's fine performance Down Under was possible due to the induction of several members of the junior World Cup-winning team.

"The juniors and seniors gelled well to form effective combinations. That helped our cause a lot in Australia as they played like a team and made our victory possible," he said.

India were unlucky to lose the Perth final as Australia scored an "opportunistic" goal in the last minute to emerge 2-1 winners.

However, a week later, India settled scores with the hosts when they thrashed them 5-3 after an engrossing battle.

Photograph: Ranjan Basu/Saab Press

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