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Indian hockey team to train in Germany
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June 01, 2007 17:33 IST

The Indian hockey team will attend a 10-day training camp in Germany before starting their campaign at the six-nation Champions Challenge tournament in Boom, Belgium, next month.

Indian Hockey Federation Secretary K Jothikumaran said the national team would play some practice games during the camp in Dusseldorf.

"Our team will have a 10-day training camp in Germany before the Champions Challenge meet. During that period it will play some warm-up matches against four high quality clubs available at the time," Jothikumaran said on Friday.

The selection trials of the 32 probables, now attending a camp in Bangalore, will be held tomorrow and the Indian team will leave for Germany on June 11. The side will camp there till June 20.

On the reported pull-out of Pakistan from the Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in Chennai in September this year, Jothikumaran said it was surprising and the IHF was yet to receive any official communication about this from PHF.

"This (Pakistan's pull-out) is news for us. We are yet to receive any official communication from them. A meeting of the Asian Hockey Federation is to take place in the second week of June where everything will be finalised on the Asia Cup," he said.

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