High medal hopes from Indian Mens Hockey team, Will India end the 41 year long drought at Tokyo Olympics
Indian Mens Hockey team rose from the ashes after it failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Indian team has improved its performance and has moved from 10th to 4th position in the world ranking.
India has a good history of hockey in the Olympic Games. The team has won eight gold medals but hockey teams have not been able to repeat this success since 1980. This time under the captaincy of Manpreet Singh, the Indian men's hockey team will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games and it is expected that this time the country's medal drought will end.
The eight-time gold medalist Indian men's hockey team won silver in 1960 and bronze in 1968 and 1972. India last won a gold medal in hockey in the 1980 Olympics by defeating Spain 4-3. Since then, the Indian hockey team has not been able to live up to the expectations and it has suffered several defeats and disappointments.
Indian Men Hockey team rose from the ashes after it failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Indian team has improved its performance and has moved from 10th to 4th position in the world rankings.
India are in Group A along with Rio Olympic champions Argentina, world No.1 Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Japan, while Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada and South Africa are in Group B. Four teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.
16 member Indian Squad
Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh
Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Birendra Lakra
Midfielders: Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta Sharma, Sumit
Forwards: Shamsher Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Gurjant Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Mandeep Singh.