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France stuns India 5-4, Belgium, Germany chalk out resounding victories  in Junior Hockey World Cup

Harpal  Singh Bedi

Bhubaneswar:  Defending champions India opened their campaign with a shock defeat as they went down to unfancied  France 4-5  in their opening match of the Junior Hockey  World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here this evening.

For the winner’s skipper, Timothy Clement  (3),  Benjamin Marque and Corentin Sellier (One each) were the goal scorers. For India,  the goal scorers were Sanjay (3) and  Uttam Singh  (One)

Earlier in the morning  Title contenders, Belgium and Germany commenced their campaigns with emphatic victories. Belgium outplayed South Africa 5-1, while Germany overwhelmed Pakistan 5-2.

The two-afternoon matches  were closely fought affairs  in which Poland surprised Canada 1-0 while Malaysia struggled to beat Chile 2-1

In the five matches of the day, 26 goals were scored with nine of them coming in  a contest between India and France .

 France surprised India with their tearaway attacks as they did not allow the hosts to settle down, Vivek Prasad led side looked disjointed and there was no coordination among the forwards while defenders looked tentative.. But for goalkeeper Prashant Chauhan, the defending champions could have lost the match by a bigger margin.

France caught Indian defence napping and was 2-0 up within seven minutes. Timothee Clement capitalised on a good attack sent the ball home with a reverse hit off a rebound after goalkeeper Prashant had made a good save.

Soon after France were 2-0 ahead after Benjamin Marque scored a superb field goal.

Indians however regrouped and drew parity in the first quarter itself, Uttam Singh scored a superb goal after a penalty corner was saved. The hosts, made it 2-2 when vice-captain Sanjay capitalized on a penalty corner 

 Clement scored the third goal for France in the 23rd minute (3-2) when he converted a penalty corner. The Indian forwards-  Uttam Singh, Manjeet, and Yashdeep Siwach launched a number of attacks but failed to make use of them.

Clemens scored in the third quarter to make it 4-2 for France and then Corentin Sellier made it 5-2  to seal the match for the visitors.

India reduced the margin as they scored d two goals through penalty corner conversions by  Sanjay but that proved too little and too late.


Olympian Vivek Sagar Prasad to lead India in Junior Hockey World Cup  

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Olympian  Vivek Sagar Prasad will lead the 18-member Indian Junior Hockey Team who will defend the title at the  FIH Junior World Cup slated to be played from 24th  November to 5th December at Bhubaneswar.

 Promising defender Sanjay, a 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympics silver medallist,  is the  vice-captain of the team .

The 12-day long tournament will witness 16 top teams from across the globe vie for the Cup which was previously won by India in 2016.  

Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem and Boby Singh Dhami have been chosen as alternate players who will be allowed to play only if there is an injury or someone in the 18-member squad is ruled out of the tournament due to covid-19.  

India will commence their title defence on 24 November against France. They will take on Canada on 25th November followed by a match against Poland on 27th November. 

The knockout matches will take place between 1 December and 5 December as the teams will look to become the Champions of the quadrennial event. 

The other teams in the fray include Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, France, Chile, Spain and USA.  

Announcing the team chief coach Graham Reid admitted that “To choose the best 18 players to represent their country is one of the hardest things to do in sport. Each of these guys has put their everything into trying to make this team for the last 12-18 months.”

“It is a well-balanced side with a lot of flexibility and flare. The key to these guys performing on the big stage will be to trust in each other and trust in their preparation,” Reid said adding “Through COVID, through sanctions and lockdowns, huge sacrifices have been made. We have chosen a group of 20 players, a team of 18 and 2 alternate players who we believe give us the best chance of defending our title as Junior World Cup Champions.  

Talking about the team’s ongoing preparations in Bhubaneswar the coach said “The players have been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to train for the last few days at Kalinga Hockey Stadium which has become an icon in our sport. Even though the ground will be empty, the Olympics have proven that the spectacle of hockey can still be enjoyed by everyone involved,” 

The squad

Vivek Sagar Prasad (C), Sanjay (VC) Prashant Chauhan (GK), Pawan (GK) Shardanand Tiwari. Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh,, Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal.