Giving Chance to Youngsters, Hockey India Announces Indian Men's Squad for Olympics

News Bharati    25-Jul-2019
New Delhi, July 25: Hockey India has named 18 players for the Indian Men’s team for the Olympic Test Event which is set to be played between 17-21 August 2019 in Japan.

Harmanpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh have been named the Captain and Vice Captain respectively and two players - Ashis Topno and Shamsher Singh have earned their debut spots in the Indian national team. However, experienced striker SV Sunil has returned to the national team after a gap of nine months.
The team management has decided to rest senior players such as Captain Manpreet Singh, PR Sreejesh and Surender Kumar. The Indian team Chief Coach Graham Reid said that the break will help the players shake off any niggling injuries and get fresh ahead of the Olympic qualifying matches in November.
Reid expressed that the Olympic Test Event will give a few players a chance to show their mettle at the international stage.
“With no world ranking points at risk, the Tokyo test event gives us an ideal opportunity to not only get a first-hand look at how Tokyo is shaping up for next year’s Olympics, we will also see some players who have not had a chance to show us what they can do on the international stage,” said Chief Coach Graham Reid.
Here is India's Men’s Team List:
1. Krishan Bahadur Pathak            2. Gurinder Singh           3. Harmanpreet Singh (Captain)
4. Kothajit Singh Khadangbam     5. Hardik Singh              6. Nilakanta Sharma
7. Vivek Sagar Prasad                   8. Jaskaran Singh            9. Mandeep Singh (Vice Captain)
10. Gursahibjit Singh                   11. Nilam Sanjeep Xess  12. Jarmanpreet Singh
13. Varun Kumar                         14. Ashis Topno               15. SV Sunil
16. Gurjant Singh                        17. Shamsher Singh         18. Suraj Karkera