Month-long countdown begins for India men’s hockey team

Harmanpreet, their star defender and drag flicker, is set to play in his third Olympics, having made his debut as the youngest member of the squad at the 2016 Rio Olympics and contributing to the bronze finish in Tokyo.

The five Olympic debutants in the squad, which had been training at the national camp at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru, are Jarmanpreet Singh, Sanjay, Raj Kumar Pal, Abhishek and Sukhjeet Singh.  

Speaking to the Hockey India media, chief coach Craig Fulton said: ‘’The selection process was incredibly competitive due to the depth of talent within our ranks, however, I am confident that every player chosen will bring their best to Paris.’’ 

“As we head to Paris, our goal is clear – to play with heart, skill, and determination. We are prepared to face the world’s best teams and strive for the highest podium. This squad is ready to seize the opportunity and bring glory to India. We are confident in our abilities and excited about the journey ahead,’’ the former South Africa international said. 

Squad

Goalkeeper: Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran.

Defenders: Jarmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Harmanpreet Singh, Sumit, Sanjay.

Midfielders: Rajkumar Pal, Shamsher Singh, Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad.      

Forwards: Abhishek, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh.

Alternate athletes: Nilakanta Sharma, Jugraj Singh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak.

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