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India needs to develop hockey from grassroots, says Sreejesh

Architect of India’s memorable hockey win against Pakistan in the Asiad final, goalkeeper PR Sreejesh on Thursday said that the quality of domestic players was low and stressed the need to develop the sport from the grassroot level to get more international medals.

‘The quality of players at the domestic level is very low when they come to the Indian camp. From that level to reach the international level, they will have to do lot of hard work at the Indian camp,’ Sreejesh said at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Ernakulam Press club here. Sreejesh, who effected brilliant saves in the shoot-out helping the team clinch an Asian Games gold after 16 years, said it would take a year to reach international standards. Sreejesh said that Australia, who have maintained their supremacy at the top for quite sometime now, have reached the present level after a sustained programme of 20 years.
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