Olympic bronze-medallist Vivek Sagar Prasad will lead the eighteen-solid Indian men’s hockey squad’s title defence at the FIH men’s junior Environment Cup starting from November 24. The occasion slated to begin on November 24 will witness sixteen top rated teams from throughout the world vie for the tropyh, which was earlier received by India in 2016. When the 21-calendar year-old Vivek, who was element of India’s historic Olympic bronze medal profitable senior team at Tokyo before this calendar year, will captain the squad, 2018 Youth Olympics silver-medallist defender Sanjay will be supporting him as the vice-captain.
Dinachandra Singh Moirangthem and Boby Singh Dhami have been preferred as alternate gamers who will be authorized to contend only if there is an injury or another person in the eighteen-member squad is dominated out of the match thanks to COVID-19.
India begin their campaign on November 24 versus France. They will take on Canada a working day later on on November twenty five in their 2nd match in the round robin league. This will be adopted by their match versus Poland on November 27. The knockout matches will take spot concerning December 1 and 5.
The other teams in fray incorporate Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Pakistan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, France, Chile, Spain and United states of america.
“To decide on the best eighteen gamers to depict their state is one of the most difficult points to do in sport. Each of these men have set their all the things into seeking to make this team for the previous twelve-eighteen months,” men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid said.
“As a result of COVID, by way of sanctions and lockdowns, big sacrifices have been designed. We have preferred a group of 20 gamers, a team of eighteen and two alternate gamers who we believe offers us the best likelihood of defending our title as Junior Environment Cup Champions.
“It is a effectively-well balanced aspect with a large amount of flexibility and flare. The crucial to these men accomplishing on the large phase will be to believe in in every other and believe in in their preparing,” he included.
Reid also spoke about the team’s ongoing preparations in Bhubaneswar wherever they are putting in the difficult yards desired to succeed in the match.
“The gamers have been carefully savoring the possibility to coach for the previous handful of times at Kalinga Hockey Stadium which has come to be an icon in our sport.
“Even even though the floor will be vacant, the Olympics have tested that the spectacle of hockey can even now be savored by absolutely everyone concerned,” mentioned Reid highlighting the team’s exhilaration forward of the match.
Squad: Vivek Sagar Prasad (C), Sanjay (VC) Shardanand Tiwari, Prashant Chauhan (GK), Sudeep Chirmako, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Maninder Singh, Pawan (GK), Vishnukant Singh, Ankit Pal, Uttam Singh, Sunil Jojo, Manjeet, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Abhishek Lakra, Yashdeep Siwach, Gurmukh Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal.
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