Hockey League a watershed: Sardar Singh

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 13:43 hrs

New Delhi, Sept 18 (IBNS) Barely five weeks after India's London Olympics debacle, India's hockey fraternity is clearly looking towards the future and Sardar Singh is at the centre of this new-found confidence.

"London Games were disappointing, yes we know that! But it is history now, I would love to forget that and look forward. Players have had a good rest and a time of rejuvenation which will keep them in good spirits," the soft-spoken Sardar said at the launch of the Hockey India League on Wednesday in New Delhi.

Being named as one of the two brand ambassadors for the HIL (Hockey India League) that starts early next year is a big responsibility for the 26-year-old.

"I am humbled at this enormous responsibility given to me by Hockey India. It is a big step taken in Indian hockey and augers well for the future," he added assertively. Australian great and five-time FIH World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer was unveiled as the second brand ambassador.

Sporting a white jersey depicting the new HIL logo, Sardar expects the franchisee-based 33-match event to be a huge boon for Indian players.

"Many players will benefit from this exposure. On one hand the League promises to give financial security while on the other hand, many young Indian players will get great exposure playing with and against some of the world best hockey players," he said.

The lucrative hockey event starts in January but Sardar feels the national players will have to make it big in the series prior to that.

"The players have had a good 15-20 day break after the Olympics. I am hoping that every player would have recovered fully from the wounds of our poor finish. We have the nationals starting in Bangalore from September 23. Then we have the camp for the Champions Trophy. My expectations from players are high," he concluded on a positive note.

Let's hope that in the coming days, the Indian players and management come out with more vibrant colours than the rather bland HIL logo.

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