New Delhi, 19th August 2023: Hockey India has taken a momentous step towards fortifying the future of men’s hockey in the country. In an unprecedented move, Hockey India proudly introduces a 40-member Men’s Sub-Junior Core Group for a National Coaching Camp, underscoring its commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering excellence in the sport. Notably, former Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Sardar Singh will serve as a mentor and Coach for the camp.

Captain Sardar Singh

Commencing on 21st August 2023 at the world-class Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, the National Coaching Camp will serve as the epicentre for assembling the most promising and adept young players from across the nation. The players have been selected on the basis of their recent performances in the Hockey India Sub-Junior National Championships.

Also, the camp will be followed by international matches in Europe, where the players will have the opportunity to display their skills and test their mettle.

The core group of the National Coaching Camp includes goalkeepers Rahul Bhardwaj, Atif Khan, Abhimanyu Gouda and defenders Sukhmanpreet Singh, Mithlesh Singh, Nitin, Sohil Ali, Sami Rizwan, Pradip Mandal, Rohit Kullu, Vishal Pandey, Ashu Maurya, Ujjwal Pal.

The midfielders included in the camp are Neeraj, Rohit Tirkey, Ghuran Lohra, Rohit Pradhan, Suresh Sharma, Prabhjot Singh, Manmeet Singh Rai, Arun J, Rahul Rajbhar, Rahul Yadav, Afridi, Bijay Shaw, while the list of forwards includes Gurpreet Singh, Srijan Yadav, Happy, Sunil, Ritendra Pratap Singh, Aashir Aadil Khan, Deonath Nanwar, Deepak Pradhan, Yojin Minz, Harshdeep Singh, Ketan Kushwaha, Rohit Irengbam Singh, Ajeet Yadav, Sundarajith M, and Moohamed Jaeed.

Speaking about the camp, Coach Sardar Singh said, “The inception of the Men’s Sub-Junior Core Group stands as a pivotal moment in Hockey India’s ongoing journey to elevate Indian hockey to international prominence. This landmark initiative reflects Hockey India’s unyielding dedication to developing a dynamic pipeline of emerging talent, guaranteeing a prosperous future for men’s hockey on the world stage.”

“The National Coaching Camp will provide an immersive experience for these young athletes. Rigorous training programs will focus on honing skills, enhancing physical fitness, refining tactical acumen, and bolstering mental resilience. I firmly believe that through providing these young athletes with premier coaching, cutting-edge facilities, and the opportunity to compete at the highest level, we have unwavering confidence in their capacity to excel and bring honour to our nation,” he added.

List of players in Sub-Junior Men’s 40-member core-probable group:


1. Rahul Bhardwaj

2. Atif Khan

3. Abhimanyu Gouda

4. Sukhmanpreet Singh

5. Mithlesh Singh

6. Nitin

7. Sohil Ali

8. Sami Rizwan

9. Pradip Mandal

10. Rohit Kullu

11. Vishal Pandey

12. Ashu Maurya

13. Ujjwal Pal

14. Neeraj

15. Rohit Tirkey

16. Ghuran Lohra

17. Rohit Pradhan

18. Suresh Sharma

19. Prabhjot Singh

20. Manmeet Singh Rai

21. Arun J

22. Rahul Rajbhar

23. Rahul Yadav

24. Afridi

25. Bijay Shaw

26. Gurpreet Singh

27. Srijan Yadav

28. Happy

29. Sunil

30. Ritendra Pratap Singh

31. Aashir Aadil Khan

32. Deonath Nanwar

33. Deepak Pradhan

34. Yojin Minz

35. Ketan Kushwaha

36. Rohit Irengbam Singh

37. Ajeet Yadav

38. Sundarajith M

39. Harshdeep Singh

40. Moohamed Jaeed

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Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) – Major Team Partner

Sports Authority of India (SAI)

Shiv Naresh 


HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in Coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016 and 2021, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India brought the Indian Men’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world. Hockey India is also dedicated to getting the Indian Women’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world.

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Odisha – the Eastern State of India – is known for its love for Hockey and over the years it has evolved to be the Global Hub of Hockey. The State successfully hosted the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, followed by the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha, FIH Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and FIH Hockey Pro League 2020-21. Odisha has previously hosted the Champions Trophy 2014 and the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Odisha also hosted the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.

Kalinga Lancers, the team owned by the State, were the winners in the Hockey India League 2017. Taking a step further towards realising the dream of restoring the glory of Indian Hockey at the global level, the State is sponsoring the Indian Hockey Teams till 2033.

Odisha also hosted the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.

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