Tokyo Olympics 2020: The Olympic Games are going to be held in Tokyo this year. The Olympic Games in Tokyo will begin on 23 July. The Indian team, which has named 8 gold medals in the Olympic Games, is entering the field with strong preparation this time. Manpreet has been made the captain of the Indian men’s hockey team for the Olympic Games. Birender and Harmanpreet have been given the responsibility of vice-captain.
India had announced the 16-man squad last week but the name of the captain was not announced. Manpreet is going to play Olympics for the third time. Manpreet said in a statement issued by Hockey India, “I am glad that I am getting the opportunity to play for India for the third time in the Olympics and this time as captain. It is a matter of pride for me.
Manpreet has claimed that the Indian hockey team has improved a lot in the last few years. He said, “In the last few years, we have prepared a strong leadership and have faced the challenges of the pandemic firmly. We have prepared keeping the Olympics in mind while maintaining form and fitness.
New Zealand will be the first match
Under Manpreet’s captaincy, India has won the Asia Cup 2017, Asian Champions Trophy 2018 and FIH Series Finals 2019. The Indian team also reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Bhubaneswar. Head coach Graham Reid said, “These three players are an integral part of the team’s leadership team. They showed a lot of maturity in maintaining the morale of the youth in difficult times.”
The coach further said, “Having two vice-captains in this challenging tournament will strengthen our leadership team. Birendra has played the 2012 London Olympics but could not play the Rio Olympics due to injury. His performance has only improved since his return.
Harmanpreet captained India in the 2019 Olympic Test tournament in Tokyo in Manpreet’s absence. The Indian team will play New Zealand in the first match of the Tokyo Olympics on 24 July.
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