Former India player Sita Mehta on importance of strong midfield, changes in women's hockey ahead of World Cup
It was in the 1998 Utrecht World Cup that Sita Gusain Mehta realised while playing under Colonel Balbir Singh Kular that a strong midfield is essential in modern hockey; a group of players who could ease into attack and also fall back into defence. Those lessons proved invaluable when India won the 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold. Sita was a member of that famous team. Here she talks about those days, how hockey has changed and whether the present team can create something magical at the London World Cup.
Sonia Bathla was named as technical official by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), Col (Dr) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak as medical officer, and Raghu Prasad and Javed Shaikh as umpires for the showpiece event
Men's Junior Hockey World Cup 2021: India captain Vivek Sagar Prasad hopes to establish team-first mentality
Prasad, who was a part of the Indian team that won a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, said he just tried to pass on his experiences to his junior teammates.
Men's Junior Hockey World Cup 2021: Teams, schedule, live streaming and everything else you need to know
Defending champions India will be hosting the Men's Junior World Cup for a third consecutive time, and enter the event as one of the strong favourites.