PR Sreejesh-led Indian males’s hockey crew to renew Tokyo Olympics preparation with tour of Europe

PR Sreejesh-led Indian males’s hockey crew to renew Tokyo Olympics preparation with tour of Europe

The boys’s crew final participated in a global competitors in February final yr once they performed the FIH Hockey Professional League matches in opposition to Australia in Bhubaneswar.

PR Sreejesh-led Indian men's hockey team to resume Tokyo Olympics preparation with tour of Europe

File picture of India males’s hockey crew goalkeeper PR Sreejesh in the course of the Males’s Hockey World Cup 2018 held at Bhubaneswar. Picture courtesy: Hockey India

New Delhi: The Indian males’s hockey crew will ramp up its Olympic preparations with tour of Europe this month, its first worldwide sojourn for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic halted sporting actions the world over final March.

A core group of twenty-two gamers and 6 assist employees will go away from Bengaluru for Krefeld, Germany on Sunday, the place they may play the house crew on 28 February and a couple of March.

The Indians will then journey to Antwerp, Belgium, the place they’re scheduled to play in opposition to Nice Britain on March 6 and eight.

The Indian crew will probably be captained by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, whereas drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named as his deputy for the 17-day tour.

The boys’s crew final participated in a global competitors in February final yr once they performed the FIH Hockey Professional League matches in opposition to Australia in Bhubaneswar.

By advantage of its good good performances in opposition to Australia, the Indian crew had climbed to fourth within the FIH world rankings, the nation’s highest until date.

The crew has been tenting at Sports activities Authority of India’s (SAI) campus in Bengaluru for the reason that gamers joined again coaching in January.

The Indian girls’s crew resumed worldwide hockey when it toured Argentina final month.

The junior girls’s crew had additionally travelled to Chile as a part of publicity excursions forward of key occasions such because the Olympic Video games and Junior World Cup later this yr.

“We’re very grateful for the chance to go to Europe, and we’re trying ahead to having our first aggressive matches in simply over 12 months,” Indian males’s crew chief coach Graham Reid stated.

“Taking part in in opposition to powerhouse groups like Germany and Nice Britain will present us with nice competitors and assist immensely in our FIH Hockey Professional League and Olympic Video games preparation. Taking part in any high 10 ranked crew is all the time an important expertise for the crew.”

Reid thanked Hockey India and SAI for his or her efforts in guaranteeing the crew will get the best publicity forward of main tournaments this yr.

“This tour will assist us set the yardstick to organize for the forthcoming occasions and provides us an understanding of the place we stand with respect to the rigorous coaching we’ve got been present process for the previous few months in Bengaluru.”

Harmanpreet is worked up in regards to the alternative and stated the matches will assist in understanding the place the crew stands at the moment.

“We’re completely excited to be travelling for the primary time in over a yr. Taking part in in opposition to Germany and Nice Britain will assist us set the parameters for getting ready finest forward of FIH Hockey Professional League which is our instant competitors forward of the Olympic Video games.

“We perceive the climate in Europe will probably be fairly chilly this time of the yr, however we’ve got nearly per week to acclimatise. We’re trying ahead to this thrilling problem, we won’t wait to get into competitors mode,” he stated.

Hockey India and the host nationwide associations have deliberate to create a bio bubble in international locations the crew will probably be travelling for coaching and competitors.

The Indian males’s crew will probably be staying in a resort the place provisions have been made for separate rooms/halls for gamers, meals, crew conferences, classes and so on.

The lodging will probably be on twin sharing foundation and room companions will stay similar all through the tour. In addition to, they may also observe the identical seating association within the crew coach/bus.

The crew members won’t be transferring out of the bubble and assembly any third-party supply isn’t allowed. The native sources together with the crew like bus/coach, drivers, assist employees will all stay the identical all through the tour to keep away from any lapses.

In keeping with a Hockey India assertion, your complete contingent will endure a COVID-19 RT-PCR Check 48 hours previous to their departure.

The assertion additional said that although there isn’t a requirement of quarantine upon arrival in Germany, the crew will nonetheless be following all security and well being measures as suggested by the governments of India, Germany and Belgium.
The 22-member squad would not function common skipper Manpreet Singh, Rupinderpal Singh, Varun Kumar and SV Sunil.

It has been learnt that Manpreet has opted out of the tour attributable to private causes, whereas Rupinder and Varun are injured.

Indian Group:

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (Captain), Krishan Bahadur Pathak.

Defenders: Amit Rohidas, Dipsan Tirkey, Gurinder Singh, Harmanpreet Singh (Vice-Captain), Surender Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra.

Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Rajkumar Pal, Simranjeet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh.

Forwards: Gurjant Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.

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