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Home > India > Sports > Hockey > PTI > Report

Mamta Kharb to lead Indian hockey eves

March 17, 2008 17:56 IST

A list of 22 probables was announced on Monday for the women's hockey Olympic qualifying tournament to be held in Kazan, Russia [Images], from April 19 to 27.

Announcing the names, Indian Women Hockey Federation said the list will be pruned to 18 for the event.

Seasoned forward Mamta Kharb will lead the team while defender Suman Bala will be vice-captain.

The selection trials were held from 16th to 17th March at SAI Sub-Centre, Lucknow, a press release by the IWHF said.

With the men's hockey team failing to make it to the Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images], the Indian girls will be carrying the hopes of the entire hockey fraternity in the country.

But India face a stern test ahead to qualify as they face teams like the United States, Belgium, France [Images], Netherlands Antilles and Russia. Only the winners of the tournament will make it to the Chinese capital in August.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Dipika Murty, Marita Tirkey, Poonam Toppo

Defenders: Binita Toppo, Suman Bala (VC), Rajwinder Kaur, Pushpa Pradhan.

Midfielders: Subhadra Pradhan, Gagandeep Kaur, Rosalind Ralte, Asunta Lakra, Th. Ranjita, Manorama Devi      Forwards: Mamta Kharb (Captain), Saba Anjum, Surinder Kaur, Jasjeet Kaur, Ritu Rani, Deepika Thakur, Adline Kerketta, Rani Devi and Pritam Rani Siwach.

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