India striker S. Karthi can be part of the Tamil Nadu males’s hockey group within the thirty seventh National Games to be held in Goa from October 25 to November 9.
The 22-year-old from Ariyalur will be part of the 40-day preparatory hockey coaching camp, which begins on the SDAT-Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium right here on September 15, Friday, after the National group leaves for Hangzhou Asian Games.
“Karthi’s presence will be very big. It’s a great boost for the other players. He can attack and defend. Our chances are brighter with his inclusion in the National Games. We hope to be on the podium and if happens to be our day we can even win gold,” mentioned Charles Dixon, Tamil Nadu’s head coach, to The Hindu.
At the camp, there can be 4 groups coaching. The State males’s and girls’s groups will put together for the National Games and the sub-junior (girls and boys) groups for the National sub-junior championships to be held right here from October 17 to 24.
For the primary time, the State ladies’s group can be participating within the National Games, regardless of ending ninth (amongst 12 groups) within the earlier Senior National championships (in Kakinada, AP) as solely the highest eight groups qualify for the National Games.
Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu president Sekar J. Manoharan mentioned: “The Indian Olympic Association decided that it will be the top 10 teams from the last Senior Nationals and not the top 8, which was the practice earlier. We (The women’s team) are targeting the semifinals.”
Charles conceded that the Tamil Nadu males’s group efficiency within the MCC-Murugappa All-India invitation match held not too long ago was a little bit of a disappointment, however reasoned that it was attributable to senior and higher gamers taking part in for various groups within the match.
“Now all the players who missed out will play in the National Games and this is the best team we’ve got,” he mentioned.