"It's great to have a great balance of youth and experienced players in our defence line. We are guiding the youngsters to get even better at their game and I am sure after a few months we will get even better as a defence unit," Ekka said.
Varun Kumar, who was a part of the FIH Junior World Cup winning India team in 2016, said the SAI and Hockey India ensured that all the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines are followed by the players.
Surender was among six hockey players, including skipper Manpreet Singh, who had tested positive for the deadly virus upon their return to the national camp in Bengaluru in August after a month's break.
Former and current players demand Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand ahead of hockey legend's birth anniversary
The discussion was part of a digital campaign which was launched by former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, actors Babushaan Mohanty and Rachel White last year to demand 'Bharat Ratna' for Major Dhyan Chand.
Hockey players begin training with basic exercise, to work on skill development next, says head coach Graham Reid
Graham Reid said during the mandatory two-week quarantine period after re-joining the national camp earlier this month, the players were tasked to reinvigorate their Olympic goal by learning the country's Olympic history.
John had been associated with Indian hockey since 2011 when he was appointed as the men's team physio under chief coach Michael Nobbs.
Savita along with Indian senior men and women core probables have resumed training in the national camp, which is expected to continue till 30 September at SAI South Centre.
Turning Point: Rani Rampal reveals how selection in World Team XI made her believe she was good enough to play for India
In the latest edition of our Turning Point series, India women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal talks about the moment which gave her confidence that she was good enough to play for the country.
How to switch off and switch on during a match? What do goalkeepers think during a penalty corner? How to master shoot-outs? India's ace custodian PR Sreejesh answers all these and more in the latest edition of Firstpost Masterclass.
Mandeep Singh is asymptomatic and is being treated along with the other five players by doctors in Bengaluru, where the national camp is due to start on 20 August at the SAI centre.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Manpreet Singh, four other players showing only mild symptoms, say SAI doctors
The Indian men's hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh and the four other players who have tested positive for COVID-19 were showing only "mild symptoms" and they were doing well, the doctors from Sports Authority of India said on Saturday.
Important for young hockey players to learn right techniques early, says former India captain Bharat Chetri
Bharat Chetri also said he couldn't achieve much in his career and wants to help young players achieve their dreams.
Firstpost Masterclass: 'Everything depends on technique,' Rupinder Pal Singh deconstructs the art of drag-flicks
How players generate power for drag-flicks? What's the technique to find the desired angle? Does the grip change while trying variations? Rupinder Pal Singh explains all this and more about the art of drag-flicking.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Former hockey captain V Baskaran says execution will be key for India to achieve podium finish
Baskaran said for a podium finish, every single player needs to give his minimum 80 percent if not 100.
Turning Point: 1999 Junior Nationals made Viren Rasquinha believe he was good enough to play for India
Viren Rasquinha's life could have turned out much differently had it not been for a Junior National Hockey Championship 21 years ago.
India will play Argentina on 10 and 11 April next year in the revamped Pro League.
Amid lockdown relaxations, 'homesick' Indian hockey players allowed to leave SAI centre on a month's break
Both the men's and women's national hockey teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre in Bengaluru since 25 March when the government announced the nationwide lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
India's men's and women's hockey teams told the minister that resumption of on-field training in small groups as soon as possible will give them an upper-hand over other top nations as they gear up for Olympics next year
Hockey India on Wednesday said it has drawn up a list of competitions both for the senior men and women's teams in the run-up to next year's Tokyo Olympics.
Coronavirus Outbreak: India men’s hockey team take to short, high-intensity drills to stay fit during lockdown
Short, high-intensity drills have helped keep the Indian men's hockey players fit during the lockdown, said the team's scientific advisor Robin Arkell.