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May 06, 2004

Mercurial forward Dhanraj Pillay's hopes of playing in his fourth Olympics are in the balance following the Indian Hockey Federation's decision to leave him out of an 18-member 'experimental' team for a four-nation tournament in Japan next week, and also a fitness camp for 12 other players in Barog, Himachal Pradesh.

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IHF President K P S Gill said the probables for Olympics would be picked from these 30 players but added that one or two players could be considered from outside this pool of 30.

Pillay has been overlooked since January when he injured his knee while playing in the Azlan Shah tournament. Without him, the team finished fourth at the Olympic Qualifier in Madrid and had a poor outing in the twin four-nation tournaments in Canberra and Sydney, losing heavily to Australia in the first leg and suffering losses to lowly teams like South Africa and Malaysia, who has not qualified for the Olympics.

Do you think the former India captain, who is capable of changing the face of a game with one move should be in the team for the Athens Games?

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Sub: Without Dhanraj India will finish Last in Athens

No Indian can imagine India winning GOLD in Athens without DHANRAJ. If India sends a team without him in the team, India will only have ...

Posted by Rengabashyam

Sub: Is dhanraj unfit ?

Is Dhanraj unfit? Is he not at his best? These are questions only a neophyte to hockey would ask. Have not we seen him fit ...

Posted by nanda

Sub: He is still needed.

The adage that `selectors are a bunch of jokers' by Mohinder amarnath appears to hold good in all sports federations' of India. Though pillay might ...

Posted by Ramanathan

Sub: Selection of Indian Hockey team

Dear Mr.Gill You have never played Hockey and came in Administration by your influence. CAn you imagine a Indian team wothout Dhanraj Pillai. He is ...

Posted by Ajay Khanna

Sub: hockey

Dhanraj is a passionate and fruitful hockey player. He is the best choice to play in the Athens Olympics. All those who creat hurdles, including ...

Posted by arumugam



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