Xtra Time Internet Desk: Hockey India on Friday introduced the16-member males’s hockey staff to symbolize the nation on the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Video games 2020. With as many as eleven Olympic debutants within the squad, the staff is fuelled with a recent method foundation intense coaching and preparation on the ongoing nationwide camp being held at SAI Centre Bengaluru.
Persevering with with their third stint goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and midfielder Manpreet Singh will herald vital expertise to the staff alongside different Olympic veterans Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, and Surender Kumar. After lacking the earlier Olympics in 2016 as a result of a serious knee harm, Birendra Lakra will get a befitting alternative to be a part of the squad for Tokyo 2020. Moreover, becoming a member of the staff are Amit Rohidas, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit and debutant forwards, Shamsher Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.
Talking on the staff choice, Chief Coach Graham Reid stated, “It has not been a simple course of to make the ultimate collection of 16 gamers as there’s quite a lot of high quality and ambition on this group of gamers. The efficiency ranges of all of the athletes are at an optimum degree and extra importantly they work properly collectively. They know what it means to symbolize the nation on the Olympics. We at the moment are focussed on coaching with the identical depth and our aim is to place ahead our greatest efficiency as a collective unit in Tokyo.”
As part of Olympics preparations, the lads’s staff travelled to Europe and Argentina. Having put up a very good present towards groups like Germany, Nice Britain and reigning Olympic Champions Argentina on the excursions, the World No.four aspect is pumped up for the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian staff additionally acquired an opportunity to return to high-level competitors like FIH Professional League, the place they defeated Argentina in each the matches and set the tone for the Olympics.
The Indian Males’s Crew are grouped in Pool A together with reigning Olympic Champions Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and hosts Japan. The event takes place from 23rd July to fifth August in Tokyo.
P R SREEJESH
RUPINDER PAL SINGH
VIVEK SAGAR PRASAD
LALIT KUMAR UPADHYAY