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Jugraj to join fitness camp at Barog

May 07, 2004 14:58 IST

Penalty-corner specialist Jugraj Singh will attend the fitness camp for India's Olympics hockey probables, beginning in Barog, Himachal Pradesh, later this month.

"I am totally fit, and now I have to prove myself on the ground," Jugraj said on Friday.

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The talented youngster, who suffered multiple fractures in a road accident last September, said the doctors at the Batra Hospital in Delhi, where he underwent physiotherapy, have also declared him completely fit.

Jugraj said he got a call from Indian Hockey Federation secretary K Jothikumaran, who asked him to join the camp, beginning on May 13.

"I got a call from Jothikumaran yesterday [Thursday], who instructed me to join the fitness camp in Himachal Pradesh and I am going to join the camp," he said.

The Punjab Police player also expressed confidence that he would soon make a comeback to the Indian team ahead of the Athens Olympics in August.

"I have already joined practice on the ground and hope that very soon I will be fit to re-join the Indian hockey team well before the Olympics in August," Jugraj said.

He also dismissed talk about his penalty-corner conversion skills being hampered because of the injuries he suffered.

Saying he likes to stay away from controversies, he declined to comment on veteran forward Dhanraj Pillay's omission from the probables list.