Tokyo Olympics: India’s Hockey men’s squad announced, will feature 10 debutants

Tokyo Olympics: India's Hockey men's squad announced, will feature 10 debutants
Tokyo Olympics: India's Hockey men's squad announced, will feature 10 debutants

Tokyo Olympics – Indian Hockey Squad:  Tokyo Olympics – Indian Hockey Squad Hockey India on Friday announced the 16-member men’s squad for the upcoming Olympic Games 2020. With as many as 10 Olympic debutants in the squad, the Indian team is fuelled with a fresh approach basis intense training and preparation at the ongoing national camp being held at SAI Centre Bengaluru.

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Tokyo Olympics – Indian Hockey Squad:  Continuing with their third stint goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and midfielder Manpreet Singh will bring in critical experience to the team alongside other Olympic veterans Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar and Mandeep Singh. After missing the previous Olympics in 2016 due to a major knee injury, Birendra Lakra gets a befitting opportunity to be part of the squad for Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo Olympics – Indian Hockey Squad:  Speaking on the team selection, chief coach Graham Reid said, “It has not been 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 optimum level and more importantly they work well together.

“They know what it means to represent the country at the Olympics. We are now focussed on training with the same intensity and our goal is to put forward our best performance as a collective unit in Tokyo,” he added.

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Veteran defender Birendra Lakra, who missed the 2016 Rio Games due to a knee injury has also been named in the side.

Tokyo Olympics – Indian Hockey Squad:
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, 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.