Bangladesh Under-21 hockey team will begin their residential camp today to kick-start their preparation for the AHF Men’s Junior Asia Cup scheduled to take place in January next year in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation on Wednesday called up 36 players for the camp with highest 12 players from the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan.
The players will stay at Bangladesh Air Force’s Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka Cantonment for 10 to 14 days, where they will get tested for coronavirus before beginning training on October 15.
‘We have selected 36 players for residential training. Initially they will reside at the Bangladesh Air Force’s Bangabandhu Base in Cantonment before moving to Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium,’ coach ANM Mamunur Rashid told New Age.
During their stay at the Bangabandhu base, the players will train three days-a-week at the BAF base and the remaining four days at the Bhashani Stadium, before shifting to the Stadium premises to continue their camp.
Mamunur expected majority of the players to be fit enough for training as 21 out of the 36 selected players had taken part in a month-long camp at the Bangabandhu Base in August-September.
BHF acting general secretary Mohammad Yousuf said that the camp will continue till the Junior Asia Cup, where Bangladesh will compete against nine teams to qualify for the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup.
‘The training will continue until the Junior Asia Cup where we want to finish as one of the top three teams and qualify for the next edition of the Junior World Cup,’ Yousuf said.
A total of 10 teams –Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan and Pakistan – will take part in the Junior Asia Cup where the three top teams will qualify for the 12th edition of the Junior World Cup in India.
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