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Second phase of National U-16 hockey camp begins

hockeyISLAMABAD: Former Olympian Tahir Zaman, Camp commandant of National U-16 hockey camp said that 5-a-side hockey is a new experience for home players to the fastest version of hockey on short playing field.

Talking to private news channel, former Olympian said that it is going to be a good experience for our side to take part in the 5-a-side Youth Cup in Singapore from April 4-7.

He said this format of hockey in which three halves of play will be played with each session of 12 minutes, players require to achieve unlimited stamina and mental toughness to cope with the pressure of high-pace game.

Tahir Zaman said they are on improving the attaching and defensive skills of the players and this objective is being achieved through trial matches.

"It (practice matches) is the best way to gauge the individual talent of every player for picking up a talented combination," he said adding " through this format of the game we will be able to groom quality players for our junior and senior hockey teams because they will be more agile and fit, both mentally and physically, to deliver to best of their abilities."

The first phase of training was held at Sialkot attended by thirty players and for the second phase 16 have been retained from which a final up of ten players will be selected for the voyage of Singapore.

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