Gill all praise for junior hockey team

Indian Hockey Federation chief K P S Gill congratulates the junior hockey team for their success at the world championship in Hobart.

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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New Delhi:

Indian Hockey Federation chief K P S Gill today said the success of the junior team at the world championship lay in their ability to adapt themselves to adverse weather conditions and play quality hockey against every side. India created history by clinching their maiden Junior World Cup Hockey after thrashing Argentina 6-1 in the final at Hobart today. "Everyone whom I met after the match spoke of the very high standards the Indians displayed during the final. The most important thing was the self-confidence they displayed and the will power," Gill said. He said it was the junior team's ability to adapt themselves to chilly and rainy conditions that really made the difference. The senior team floundered in the Sydney Olympics because "some of the things I asked them to do, they did not do. so that when rain came in the Poland match, they were just incapable of rising to the occasion," he said. "When the (junior) team arrived here, it was raining and the temperatures were very low. Even when we were playing against Holland (in the second round league phase), it was drizzling and the weather was very cold. But they managed to play very well indeed," Gill said. He said the team had some very bright players and it was good that they were getting international exposure at a very young age. "Each one of them now have international experience and exposure. They now have been able to assess all foreign teams which is very important," he said. (PTI)