Asian Champions Trophy, Hockey: India’s eyes on winning the title for the fourth time, Tokyo Ranbankure to join the camp on Sunday


History highlights

  • The eyes of the Indian team as they win the title for the fourth time
  • Tournament to be organized in Dhaka from December 14

Asian Champions Trophy, Hockey: After winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, the Indian men’s hockey team is now looking at next month’s Asian Champions Trophy. Most of the members of the medal-winning team, including Captain Manpreet Singh and veteran goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, will attend the ongoing national camp in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

Other players joining the camp on Sunday are Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Nilkant Sharma, Sumit, Hardik Singh, Simranjit Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay and Varun Kumar. All should be honored with the Arjuna Award for their historic performance at the Tokyo Olympics.

Vivek Sagar Prasad, who is also in New Delhi for the Arjuna awards ceremony, will join the senior camp after he finishes his campaign with the youth team at the FIH Men’s Youth World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar on 24 from November to December 5.

By the way, the national camp has started as of November 10 without the members of the bronze medal winning team. Before leaving for the camp, Manpreet and Sreejesh will be honored with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award here on Saturday.

The prospective core group of 30 members will be part of the camp in Bhubaneswar until December 9. The main group consists of Akashdeep Singh, Gurinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Krishna B Pathak, Suraj Karkera, Jaskaran Singh, Neelam Sanjeev Jess, Rajkumar Pal, Gursahibjit Singh, Deepson Tirkey, Shilanand Lakra, Mandeep Mor, Ashish Kumar Topno and Suman Beck. .

“We will also play some internal matches between potential players from the senior and junior main groups, which will certainly help our preparations for the Junior World Cup,” said the team’s head coach, Graham Reid, in a statement. The senior team will have a hectic schedule next year due to consecutive major international tournaments. So it would be great to start the year defending the Asian Champions Trophy.

“It would be good for the senior men’s team to train in Bhubaneswar as the climate here is almost similar to Dhaka,” Reid said. It would be good for the team to train in these conditions and get used to the conditions.

It is worth noting that the Asian Champions Trophy will be held in Dhaka from December 14-22. The teams of defending champions India, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and host Bangladesh will participate in this tournament. The Indian team will try to win this title for the fourth time.

Core Network Core Group

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishna B Pathak, Suraj Karkera.

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surendra Kumar, Varun Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Neelam Sanjeev Jess, Deepson Tirkey, Mandeep Mor, Ashish Kumar Topno, Suman Beck.

Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Neelkant Sharma, Sumit, Hardik Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Rajkumar Pal.

Forwards: Simranjit Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Akashdeep Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Dilpreet Singh.


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