Jamshedpur: The Indian women`s handball team
would reach the quarter-final round in the 16th Asian Games in
China, former Olympian Harbhajan Singh said on Tuesday.
"I am confident that the Indian women`s team would reach
the quarter-final stage even if it fails to secure a place in
the last four," Singh, who represented India at the 1979 Asian
Handball Championship in China, told reporters.
Singh had also represented the country in basketball in
the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
On the prospect of the Indian eves in handball at the
November 12-27 Games, Singh said the Guangzhou event will give
an opportunity "for our girls to perform at the international
"We have some good and experienced players who need more
international exposure," he said.
Singh hailed the move of the Handball Federation of India
in appointing Poonam Roy, teacher of a local school, as the
team coach and selecting a tribal girl Pano Mardi in the team,
for the first time from Jharkhand.
While Mardi was the first tribal girl to represent the
country from the state, Roy was the coach of women`s team that
won the South Asian Championship in Lucknow two years back.