India on Thursday announced the men’s teams for the upcoming Summer Olympics which are scheduled to kick off in Japan from July 23. The team features Olympic veterans Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar and Mandeep Singh, and is expected to be led by PR Sreejesh.
It is surprising to see the Indian team go into the quadrennial event with just a single goalkeeper. Given the ravaging pandemic and the biosecurity protocols in place to tackle it, it is nearly impossible to bring in replacements once the tournament commences. The team includes debutant forwards Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.
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The Indian men will kick off their Olympics campaign against New Zealand on 24th July. The men in blue will then be up against the powerhouse Australia in their second pool game. They will be going toe to toe against Spain and Argentina as they look to make their way to the knockouts.
The top four teams in each pool will make it to the quarterfinals and given the fixtures, the Indian men are likely to make it to the knockouts with ease. India’s hockey teams, both men and women, have shared that they will be dedicating their performances to the frontline health workers of the country.
Indian men’s hockey team for Tokyo Olympics
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