Ace hockey player, Sardar Singh, who was axed from the team, was back in the squad and that too as the captain. He will mark his return at the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup starting from 3rd March 2018 at Ipoh in Malaysia. The tournament will feature World No.1 Australia, World No.2 Argentina, England, Ireland and hosts Malaysia India ranked No 6. Ramandeep Singh has been named the vice-captain of the team. Mandeep Mor, Sumit Kumar and Shilanand Lakra are the three debutantes featuring in the team. All three were part of the India Colts team that won Bronze Medal at the Sultan of Johor Cup last year.
Sardar Singh has been in and out of the team since being dropped in July 2017. The team management wanted to test the reserve bench for a busy 2018 calendar. But Sardar’s experience led to his comeback as he also expressed his desire to play the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “Sardar is one of the leaders in the core group and in Manpreet Singh’s absence, he has been chosen for the job. He is an experienced player and having missed two tournaments previously, this is an opportunity for him to show his skills,” said Indian coach Sjoerd Marijne.
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.