Confusion prevailed over the Indian hockey team's selection for the Commonwealth Games with an anonymous mail on Saturday leaking the minutes of the selectors’ meeting, which picked 16 players to represent the country in the mega-event.
Hockey India denied any such development.
According to the minutes of the selection committee meeting, sent by the anonymous mailer, the 16 players were selected after a two-day trial which ended at Pune's Balewadi Complex on Saturday.
Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra has questioned the authenticity of the mail, saying that team for the October 3-14 event will be officialy announced only on Monday.
The team as per the mail has one goalkeeper and five defenders:
Dhananjay Mahadik, Sardar Singh, Prabodh Tirkey, Gurbaj Singh, Sandeep Singh), six midfielders (Arjun Halappa, Vikram Pillay, Ravi Pal, Bharat, Sarvanjit Singh, Danish Mujtaba) and four forwards (Rajpal Singh, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Dharamvir Singh)
World’s best in Kenya team
World 800m record holder David Rudisha and former women's 800m world champion Janeth Jepkosgei were included in a 47-member team named on Saturday for the CWG. Rudisha and Jepkosgei, along with a host of top athletes were exempted from the selection trials, but Athletics Kenya said they had been given wild cards due their performances. Olympic and world 3,000m steeplechase champ, Brimin Kipruto earned a wild card and will be joined by 2004 Olympic champ Ezekiel Kemboi. AFP