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“If we win in Tokyo, our medal will be dedicated to the Covid warriors and frontline workers of India,” vows Indian Men’s Hockey team Captain Manpreet Singh

“If we win in Tokyo, our medal will be dedicated to the Covid warriors and frontline workers of India,” vows Indian Men’s Hockey team Captain Manpreet Singh

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting human life around the world, countless frontline workers risked their lives for the sake of others and spared no effort in fighting the deadly virus. Hence, in a bid to pay tribute and show respect to all the COVID warriors, the Indian men’s Hockey team, who will be taking part in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, have vowed to dedicate their performances to the true heroes of our country.

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"We have the right balance between experience and youth in the team," says Team India Midfielder Lilima Minz

"We have the right balance between experience and youth in the team," says Team India Midfielder Lilima Minz

The Indian Women’s Hockey Team Midfielder Lilima Minz believes the Olympic core group currently in preparation mode for the Tokyo Olympics has the right balance between experienced and young players. She went on to add that while experienced players are crucial to give the team direction in difficult situations, young players are equally important to add an energetic dynamic to the side.

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"Good show in the first match at the Olympics will give the team the right momentum," feels India striker Ramandeep Singh

"Good show in the first match at the Olympics will give the team the right momentum," feels India striker Ramandeep Singh

The Indian Men's Hockey Team will begin their campaign in Tokyo on 24 July when they take on New Zealand in their first-round robin league match. To gain the right momentum it will be very important to begin well, believes experienced forward Ramandeep Singh. "A lot will depend on how we fair in the first match. A good result against New Zealand will set the right momentum for the rest of the tournament," he said.  

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"Coordination between the Goalkeeper and Defenders is a crucial factor for a strong defence line," says Indian Men's Hockey Goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak

"Coordination between the Goalkeeper and Defenders is a crucial factor for a strong defence line," says Indian Men's Hockey Goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak

The Indian Men's Hockey Team Goalkeeper Krishan B Pathak, who has played 50 matches for the national side, expressed that he is always in sync with the plans made by the Defenders during every match. He said that the coordination between the Defenders and the Goalkeeper is very crucial for a defence line of the team. 

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"Indian Men's Hockey Team are definitely a strong contender for podium finish in Tokyo," says Olympian Tushar Khandker

"Indian Men's Hockey Team are definitely a strong contender for podium finish in Tokyo," says Olympian Tushar Khandker

With the clock ticking closer to 23 July when the Olympic Games 2020 officially kicks off in Tokyo, the eagerness to watch the Indian athletes achieve success is palpable. Expressing his excitement ahead of the most awaited global event, Olympian Tushar Khandker said the Indian Men's Hockey Team will be one of the strong contenders for a podium finish. "Definitely I am excited to watch the Olympics. I feel the way the team (Indian Men's Team) is doing right now; they are a strong contender to finish on the podium," stated Tushar who engaged in a free-wheeling conversation with Hockey Te Charcha, a podcast series initiated by Hockey India ahead of the Olympic Games. 

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Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to organize another set of Online Education Workshops exclusively for Hockey India Coaches, Umpires and Technical Officials

Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to organize another set of Online Education Workshops exclusively for Hockey India Coaches, Umpires and Technical Officials

After the successful completion of the AHF Online Education Workshops exclusively for the Hockey India Coaches, Umpires and Technical Officials in each of the last eleven months, the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) will conduct another set of Online Education Workshops during the period of June. A group of 12-30 Coaches and Umpires will be attending three AHF - HI Exclusive Online Education Workshops this month. 

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