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Team is on the right track: Gill

June 30, 2003 20:28 IST

Describing India's performance in recent times as "very encouraging", Indian Hockey Federation president K P S Gillsaid the triumphin the four-nation hockey tournament in Hamburg has proved that the team ison the right track.

"It has been a very good and encouraging performance by the team. It shows that the team is on the right track," Gill said on Monday.

"The team has been gelling well and the results are showing. We have to maintain this upward trend," he said.

The IHF supremo saidthe victories in Sydney and Hamburg will serve as a moral-booster for the team ahead of the prestigious Champions Trophy, to be held in Amstelveen, Holland, in August.

"These victories will certainly help. I am quite confident that we will do well in the Champions Trophy also," he said.

Asked whether the team willcontinue to experiment to find the right combination ahead of the Athens Olympics, Gill said: "There will be no more experiments. This will be more or less the team."

Gill saidthe team will undergo a conditioning camp in New Delhi for the Champions Trophy.

"I will discuss with the coach [Rajinder Singh] before finalising the dates of the camp."

The triumphant team, which will return toDelhi in the early hours on Tuesday, will get a break for a few weeks before assembling for the camp.

The team, led by mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay, won the four-nation tournament in Hamburg after beating Spain 4-2 in its last match.

India, who won two of their three matches while losing the other, finished the tournament with six points, one ahead of World champions Germany.

The team's triumph in the tournament comes on the back of a successful tour of Australia earlier this month in a two-leg event,which India won one and finished runners-up in the other tournament held at Perth.

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