Netherlands skipper Robert Horst on Friday said the reigning silver medallist and eight-time champion's present focus is on its tournament opener against Argentina and would like to take one game at a time in the eight-nation event.
Having taken the legal route after being denied the honour initially, boxer Manoj Kumar will be finally receiving the prestigious Arjuna Award from Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here on Wednesday.
The newly-built Kalinga Stadium of Bhubaneswar will stage the opening match, while capital's Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium will host the semifinals and final of the third edition of Hero Hockey India League to be held across the country from January 22 to February 22.
India hockey captain Sardar Singh is the latest to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor John Abraham and former Netherlands skipper Teun de Nooijer to take up the dare.
India looked completely out of sorts against England in their opening match of the Hero Hockey World League Final but chief coach Terry Walsh said the result of the match could have been different had his wards capitalised on their moments in the game.
A relatively new-look India would be gunning for glory on home turf under new coach Terry Walsh in the inaugural Hero Hockey World League Final where the team will open its campaign against higher-ranked England at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here tomorrow.
The Hero Hockey World League Final is Terry Walsh`s first assignment with India, but the newly-appointed chief coach of the senior men`s team has reposed faith in his wards to put up a good show in the elite eight-nation event to be held here from January 10-18.
Newly-appointed coach of the national men`s hockey team Terry Walsh feels India needs to stop harping on its glorious past and focus on building a strong development programme, which is the need of the hour.
It was double delight for Germany`s Christopher Ruhr as he was awarded the player of the tournament and the highest goal scorer award after his team successfully defended the Hockey Junior World Cup title at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Sunday.
India finished a disappointing 10th in the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in the penalty shoot-out and chief coach Gregg Clark said it was the home team`s "worst performance" in the 16-team quadrennial event.
Hosts India drew curtains to their disastrous campaign at the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup by finishing a disappointing 10th after losing to arch-rivals Pakistan in a classification match at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, here today.