New Delhi, June 22: Hockey India on Tuesday named midfielder Manpreet Singh as the commander of the 16-part Tokyo Olympics bound India men’s hockey group.
For the bad habit commander’s job, Hockey India has picked experienced protectors Birendra Lakra and Harmanpreet Singh who are additionally important for the group’s authority bunch. Offering his thanks on being named chief of the Olympic-bound Indian men’s group, Manpreet in an authority discharge said: “This Olympics will be really unique, and I am lowered to have this chance of addressing India at the Tokyo Olympics for the third time, this time as group commander. It’s anything but an extremely pleased second for me to be given this charge. Over these previous few years, we have fostered a solid administration bunch and have effectively beaten the difficulties presented by the pandemic to not drop our structure and keep our brains and wellness-centered towards excelling at the Olympics.”
Under Manpreet’s captaincy, the Indian group in the course of recent years has accomplished significant achievements including winning the Asia Cup in 2017, winning the Asian Champions Trophy in 2018 just as winning the FIH Series Final in 2019.
The group drove by Manpreet Singh additionally made it to the quarterfinals of the FIH Men’s World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar. They performed incredibly well in the FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 preceding the pandemic upset the timetable. This will be Manpreet’s third Olympic Games and under his initiative, the group has likewise improved their reality positioning as they are as of now situated at number four.
Birendra, then again, is a veteran safeguard who was likewise essential for the London Olympic Games however unfortunately missed playing in Rio inferable from a significant knee medical procedure in 2016. Be that as it may, since his re-visitation of the crew following the short break because of injury, Birendra has just filled in his presentation and has been undaunted in his part in the group.
Praising the three players, boss mentor Graham Reid in an authority discharge said, “Every one of the three players has been a basic piece of the group’s initiative over these recent years and has shown a great deal of development in directing the young people during these difficult occasions. Naming two bad habit commanders we accept will likewise fortify our authority in the thing that will be a requesting competition. We are sure that together they will direct the group to progress.”
India will start their mission in Tokyo on July 24 when they take on New Zealand in their first Pool stage match.