Hockey India on Tuesday announced the decision of the Men’s National Team Leadership. Manpreet Singh was named the captain of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Manpreet Singh will lead the team alongside two deputies, Birendra Lakra and Harmanpreet Singh
Hockey India had announced a 16-member squad at the showpiece event last week but refrained from naming the Captain. The decision of naming the leader was taken after careful consideration. Manpreet Singh is an outstanding mid-fielder and has helped India to achieve greater heights in the field of hockey.
Manpreet Singh was overwhelmed by his appointment as captain at the Olympics. In his statement, he mentioned that he is really humbled to have the opportunity to represent India in three Olympic games. About captaincy, he mentioned that it is a very proud moment for him that he has been given charge of the team.
Under Manpreet Singh, India has achieved important milestones including the triumph at the Asia Cup of 2017, Asian Champions Trophy in 2018, and FIH Series Final in 2019. India also performed well in the FIH World Pro League and reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2018 at Bhubaneshwar.
Manpreet Singh will lead India at Summer Olympics for the third straight time. Under him, India’s rank in the world has risen to No. 4.
Defenders Harmanpreet and Birendra are the Vice-Captains. Both the players played an important role in London Olympics and Harmanpreet has led India at the FIH Olympic test event in absence of Manpreet.
Manpreet Singh (C), PR Sreejesh (Goalkeeper), Harmanpreet Singh (VC), Birendra Lakra (VC)
Rupinder Pal Singh, Surendra Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit, Shamser Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjat Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh.
India will start their Olympic campaign against New Zealand in a pool stage match on 24th July 2021.