‘Will give my best to revive hockey in Aurangabad’
Yuvraj Walmiki opines, “Talent is not just limited to big cities. In fact, many talented youngsters have emerged from smaller cities and I would love to help budding players. He adds, “I am open to associate with Hockey Aurangabad and help Hockey Maharashtra build a huge pool of talented players.”
PUNE: International Yuvraj Walmiki speaks from his heart when it comes to his first love – hockey and even more when asked to suggest ways to take the sport to the next level.
He opines, “Talent is not just limited to big cities. In fact, many talented youngsters have emerged from smaller cities and I would love to help budding players. He adds, “I am open to associate with Hockey Aurangabad and help Hockey Maharashtra build a huge pool of talented players.”
Speaking to the media in a special interaction with during the 9th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2019 (Div ‘A’) Tournament, Yuvraj spoke on various topics.
He said, that he will give his best helping kids from Marathwada region with a single aim to create and have a bigger pool of Maharashtra players making it to various India camps in future.
“I will personally come here, coach them and will provide them a kit too. Organise clinics, workshops for these kids and I will bring current Indian team players and even probably arrange for the captain of the Indian hockey team to meet the players,” he assured.
“Currently I am working to promote hockey in Maharashtra and we are aiming to have at least 4-5 players from Maharashtra, making a cut into the Indian team in next five years,” he said.
“Every school have PE period, but that’s not enough. Every school must have a sports period and kids should get enough time and guidance to choose any sport. If you want to promote hockey at the grassroots level, then more inter-district tournaments should be organised. There should be an exchange of players to mix with Pune and Mumbai from Marathwada and vice versa.
REVIVE AJANTHA TOURNEY
Yuvraj on being apprised of the once famed Ajantha Gold Cup all-India tournament, which was quite popular among hockey enthusiasts and now discontinued since 2002 added, “If you can revive this tournament, I shall bring top teams from country to participate in it.”