Hockey News: Indian men’s team to resume international Hockey with Europe tour | Hockey Court Diagram With Measurements

Hockey News: Indian men’s team to resume international Hockey with Europe tour | Hockey Court Diagram With Measurements

Hockey News: Indian men’s team to resume international

Hockey News: The Indian men's hockey team will complete its Olympic preparations with a tour of Germany and Belgium this month, which is the first international mourning since the COVID-19 epidemic halted sports activity around the world last March.

A core group of 22 players and six support staff will leave from Bengaluru for Krefeld, Germany on Sunday, where they will play the home team on 28 February and 2 March.

The Indians will then travel to Antwerp, Belgium, where they are scheduled to play against Great Britain on 6 and 8 March.

The Indian team will be captained by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, while drag flicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named his deputy for the 17-day tour.

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The men's team participated in an international competition in February last year when they played FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Australia in Bhubaneswar.

Based on its good performance against Australia, the Indian team moved up to fourth place in the FIH World Rankings, the highest ranking in the country so far.

The team has been camping at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Bangalore since the players got back into training in January.

The Indian women's team resumed international hockey when they went on a tour of Argentina last month.

The junior women's team traveled to Chile later this year as part of the Exposure Tour ahead of major events such as the Olympic Games and the Junior World Cup.

"We are very grateful for the opportunity to go to Europe, and we are looking forward to having our first competitive match in 12 months," said Graham Reed, the head coach of the Indian men's team.

“Playing against powerhouse teams like Germany and Great Britain will give us great competition and will go a long way in preparing for our FIH Hockey Pro League and Olympic Games. Playing any top 10 ranked team is always a great experience for the team. "

Reid thanked Hockey India and SAI for ensuring that the team got the right exposure before the big tournaments this year.

"This tour will help us prepare for the upcoming events and give us an understanding of where we stand in relation to the rigorous training that has been going on in Bengaluru for the last few months."

Harmanpreet is excited about the occasion and said that the matches will help in understanding where the team is currently.

“We are absolutely excited to travel for the first time in a year. Playing against Germany and Great Britain will help us set the criteria for preparing ahead of the FIH Hockey Pro League which is our immediate competition ahead of the Olympic Games.

"We understand that the weather in Europe will be quite cold this year, but we have about a week. We are waiting for this exciting challenge, we cannot wait to get into competition mode," he said.

Hockey India and the host national associations plan to create a bio bubble in the countries where the team will travel for training and competition.

The Indian men's team will stay in a hotel, where provisions have been made for separate rooms / halls for players, food, team meetings, sessions etc.

Accommodation will be based on twin sharing and room mates will remain the same throughout the tour. Apart from this, they will also follow the team coach / bus seating arrangement.

Team members will not exit the bubble and are not allowed to meet any third party source. Local resources such as bus / coaches, drivers, support staff along with the team will all remain the same to avoid any shortage during the journey.

According to a statement from Hockey India, the entire team must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure.

The statement further stated that although there is no need for quarantine upon arrival to Germany, the team will follow all safety and health measures as advised by the governments of India, Germany and Belgium.

The 22-member squad has regular captains Manpreet Singh, Rupinderpal Singh, Varun Kumar and SV Sunil.

It is learned that Manpreet has opted out of the tour due to personal reasons, while Rupinder and Varun are injured.

Indian team:

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (Captain), Krishna Bahadur Pathak.

Defenders: Amit Rohidas, Dipson Tirkey, Gurinder Singh, Harmanpreet Singh (Vice-Captain), Surendra Kumar, Jermanpreet Singh, Birender Lakra.

Midfielders: Chinglensana Singh, Neelkant Sharma, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Rajkumar Pal, Simranjit Singh, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh.

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