Bengaluru, 08 September 2023: Having made the cut for the 18-member squad for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team forward Gurjant Singh is looking to make an impact with his skills and experience as he oozes confidence ahead of the big-ticket event.

~The 28-year-old forward is looking to make an impact with his skills and experience at the big-ticket event~

The 28-year-old forward, who made his senior team debut against Belgium during a Test Series in 2017, missed out on the previous edition of the Asian Games due to an injury. This will be Gurjant’s first appearance at the marquee event.

“I missed the previous edition of the Asian Games due to an injury, I had to follow the team from home, which was pretty difficult for me. But, I am honoured and excited to have gotten the chance this time to represent my country at the prestigious event. I have worked hard on my skills over the past few months and I am looking forward to giving my absolute best to help the team achieve the goal,” he expressed.

One of the mainstays in India’s current forwardline, Gurjant was introduced to hockey by his cousin brother who lived in Batala, about 40 km from his birthplace Amritsar, Punjab. He honed his skills at the Chandigarh Hockey Academy before helping India clinch the 2016 FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in Lucknow. He went on to contribute to the Indian Team’s memorable victories, which include, the Bronze medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, third place finish at the FIH Pro League 2022/23, Silver medal win at the Commonwealth Games 2022 and the recent Asian Champions Trophy 2023 glory.

Speaking about his role at the upcoming Asian Games, the forward said, “It has been a wonderful journey so far. I have always got the support from my teammates and I am really grateful for that. I have been part of the team for quite some time now, and I have grown and learned a lot as a player in the past couple of years. My role at the Asian Games will be different, it will be about taking that ownership, and the focus will be on executing my finishing skills to the T.”

India are grouped with Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore and Uzbekistan in Pool A. They will open their 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 campaign against Uzbekistan on 24 September 2023.

Gurjant, who has made 91 international appearances so far, said that the team will be focusing on playing good hockey and executing their plans. “We know what is at stake; all the teams will be aiming for nothing short of winning the Gold. It will certainly be tough, but we are up for the challenge, and will give our everything to win the Gold and ultimately qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics”

“Although we won against some of the teams at the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai, we can’t take that for granted. There are quality teams, our focus will be on playing good hockey and executing our plans,” he concluded.


Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) – Major Team Partner

Sports Authority of India (SAI)

Shiv Naresh 


HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in Coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016 and 2021, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India brought the Indian Men’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world. Hockey India is also dedicated to getting the Indian Women’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world.

Odisha – the Eastern State of India – is known for its love for Hockey and over the years it has evolved to be the Global Hub of Hockey. The State successfully hosted the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, followed by the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha, FIH Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and FIH Hockey Pro League 2020-21. Odisha has previously hosted the Champions Trophy 2014 and the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Odisha also hosted the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.

Kalinga Lancers, the team owned by the State, were the winners in the Hockey India League 2017. Taking a step further towards realising the dream of restoring the glory of Indian Hockey at the global level, the State is sponsoring the Indian Hockey Teams till 2033.

Odisha also hosted the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.


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