Indian Men’s Hockey Team Sets Off for Asian Games in Hangzhou

The Indian men’s hockey team departs for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, aiming to perform well in a challenging tournament.

The Indian men’s hockey team embarked on their journey to Hangzhou from Bengaluru airport on Tuesday to participate in the 19th Asian Games. India’s inaugural match in this prestigious event is scheduled for September 24 against Uzbekistan.

India is positioned in Pool A, competing against teams such as Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, Pool B comprises Korea, Malaysia, China, Oman, Thailand, and Indonesia.

The top two teams from each pool will secure a spot in the semifinals. The team’s charismatic defender, Harmanpreet Singh, has been entrusted with the role of captain, with Hardik serving as the vice-captain.

“Our team has put in extensive preparations for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, and we displayed strong performance at the recently concluded Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023. Our objective is to sustain that level of excellence. While our pool includes formidable opponents, we are confident in our readiness and aspire to clinch a spot on the podium,” expressed Captain Harmanpreet before departing for Hangzhou.

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The team roster features goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Krishan Pathak. Defenders selected for the Asian Games include Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, and Sanjay. The midfield will be anchored by Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Sumit, and Shamsher Singh. The attack line will be led by Abhishek, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay.

Vice-captain Hardik expressed optimism before their departure, stating, “We have undergone rigorous training sessions leading up to the tournament, and everyone in the camp is fully focused on our common goal. We are in peak mental and physical condition as we head to Hangzhou, ready to face the tough competition in our group. Our aim is to continue the impressive performance we’ve displayed in recent months and return from China with a medal,” he concluded.

India’s upcoming matches in the group stage include clashes with Uzbekistan on September 24, followed by Singapore, Japan, and Pakistan on September 26, 28, and 30, respectively. Their final group stage match will be against Bangladesh on October 2.

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