Kolkata: Manpreet Singh, captain of the Indian men’s hockey team on his way to the Tokyo Olympics, showed that his team’s heart is in the right place by announcing that they would win a medal – it will be dedicated to the Covid fighters and front workers of India. . A 16-man men’s hockey team for the Olympics was announced on Friday as men’s and women’s teams continued their preparations for the sports spectacle at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Bangalore. India was once the powerhouse of world hockey and has an unbeaten record of eight Olympic Games, the last of which was more than four decades back at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The group nominated by Hockey India (HI) contains as many as ten Olympic debutants, but they also have “critical experience” in the form of skipper and midfielder Manpreet, goalkeeper PR Sreejesh along with other Olympic veterans such as Harmanpreet Singh , Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar and Mandeep Singh, ‘As we are working hard on the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we promise to fight every chance to win a medal for India. “And if we do get a medal, we want to dedicate it to the true heroes of our country – the doctors and frontline workers who worked tirelessly to heal our country through these difficult times and saved millions of lives,” said Manpreet. recent video released by Hockey India. ‘I’m really proud to see how dedicated each of us has been during the trials. Representing India at the Olympics is a great honor and a dream for every athlete. “Everyone pushes each other to give their best chance,” said Manpreet. Head coach Graham Reid said in a statement: ‘It was not an easy process to make the final selection of 16 players as there is a lot of quality and ambition in this group of players. The performance levels of all the athletes are at an optimal level, and more importantly, they work well together.
A glorious past
“They know what it means to represent the country at the Olympics. “We are now focused on practicing with the same intensity and our goal is to deliver our best performance as a collective unit in Tokyo,” Reid said. The Indian men’s hockey team won a total of 11 Olympic medals, containing eight gold, one silver and two bronze. They are currently number 5 on FIH rankings after Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands and Argentina. They will again be India’s best medal prospect among the team events. As part of the preparations for the Olympic Games, the men’s team traveled to Europe and Argentina. The Manpreet Singh team beat the Olympic champion in Argentina in both the FIH Pro League matches in Buenos Aires in April this year. The Indian men’s team is grouped together with Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the host for Japan in Group A. The hockey tournament takes place from July 23 to August 5 in Tokyo.
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh; Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Singh, Amit Rohidas, Birendra Lakra; Midfielders: Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit; Forwards: Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh.