Hockey India names 30 members for Seniors Sports News National Camp, Firstpost

After a successful campaign at the Tokyo Olympics, the core group of Indian men will begin the new Olympic cycle with the intention of improving that performance in Paris in 2024.

File image of the Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Image courtesy: Hockey India

New Delhi: Hockey India appointed an expected 30-strong core group for the national senior coaching camp on Saturday, which is scheduled to begin on October 4th in SAI, Bengaluru.

After a successful campaign at the Tokyo Olympics that saw India take a historic bronze medal and end a 41-year wait, the core group of Indian men are starting the new Olympic cycle with the intention of improving that performance in Paris in 2024.

The core group called up for the national coaching camp includes a mix of young and experienced players, including PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Suraj Karkera, Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Amit Rohidas and Manpreet Singh.

Commenting on the upcoming national coaching camp, head coach Graham Reid said: “The players have had a long and well-deserved break. I think they will be delighted to be back at the national camp and focus on our goals for the next year.”

“We’re going to review our performance at the Olympics from both an individual and a team perspective.”

He went on to emphasize that the players have to leave the success of Tokyo behind and restart before a hectic 2022 season.

“To see success in the Olympics is great, but now I want the players to be mentally and physically ready for a hectic 2022 season with some very important tournaments starting with the FIH Hockey Pro League in February.

“This camp is more about strength and fitness and we will try to get off to a slow start.”

The group also consists of Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Simranjeet Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Gursahibjit Singh, Shamsher Singh, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Jamman Tirkey, Pal, Gurjant Singh , Sumit, Shilanand Lakra, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Ashis Kumar Topno.