Sandeep rues missing Chile qualifiers; justifies Azlan selection

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New Delhi, May 20 (UNI) India's come back man, Sandeep Singh, who finished the just concluded Azlan Shah hockey tournament on a high after scoring the highest number of goals for his team, today said he was disappointed after he was axed from the team that went for the Olympic qualifiers in Chile.

''I was out of the team and it really felt bad mainly because there was no reason given for my exclusion,'' Sandeep Singh told mediapersons here today.

''But now when I was included in the side, I justified the decision and it's a proud feeling to return home with a silver medal,'' he added.

The drag flicker, who led the Indian charge in Malaysia, added that his hard work finally showed results and is hopeful that the controversies will take a back seat while the game itself will emerge on top.

Sandeep said his training stints at Sonepat and Germany helped him to polish his game in a better way and helped him to come out as a better player.

''I worked hard during my training at Sonepat and Germany.

''In Germany they have a very different approach and they play a very good body game. Even we also do that but there apprach is very different from the one that we follow here and that really helped me,'' Sandeep said.

The talented drag flicker hoped that the winning run will continue and has urged the IOA and the ad hoc committee to lend their support so that the game takes bigger strides of success in future.

''I hope the standard of hockey continues to improve in the country.

''The IOA and ad hoc committee have done a great job and I believe they will help to take the game in upward direction,'' Sandeep added.

Team coach AK Bansal also praised the drag flicker's consistent performance and said the promise that Jugraj Singh once showed is very much evident in Sandeep Singh and that too in abundance.

UNI RAR AB RN1623

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