Hockey skipper Manpreet Singh believes India can win medals in upcoming big events
With big-ticket events such as the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Commonwealth Games lined up in what is going to be a busy year, India hockey skipper Manpreet Singh says they have it them to win medals.
A 33-member probables reported at the national camp in Bengaluru on Monday and the energy among the players was evident.
After having ended 2017 by winning the bronze medal in the World League Final in Bhubaneswar, the team began preparations for the upcoming assignments by finishing second in the Four Nations Invitational Tournament in New Zealand, where they faced World No. 3 Belgium, ninth-ranked New Zealand and number 16 Japan.
“We have had sufficient rest, both physically and mentally, and are ready to take on the challenges that lie in front of us this season, starting with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018,” Manpreet said.
The skipper spoke about the importance of preparing right. He said, “We had a good run last year but this year we look to retain our crown at the Asian Games, thereby directly qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“The biggest opportunity for us is the prospect of winning the World Cup in our own backyard so we will give our …read more