Bengaluru, 19th July, 2023: The 24-member Indian Men’s Hockey Team on Wednesday left for Spain for the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament to be held in Terrasa, Spain from July 25th to July 30th. India will compete against England, Netherlands, and the hosts Spain in the four-nation tournament.
~ The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will begin their campaign against the hosts Spain on July 25th ~
The Indian Men’s Hockey Team, led by Captain Harmanpreet Singh and Vice-Captain Hardik Singh, will begin their campaign against Spain on July 25th, and then will compete against the Netherlands on July 26th. India will face off against England on July 28th in their final match of the round-robin stage. The Final of the tournament will be played on July 30th.
The tournament will serve as the preparatory event for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team ahead of the highly-anticipated Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023, which will be followed by the crucial Hangzhou Asian Games 2023.
Speaking ahead of the Indian Team’s departure, Captain Harmanpreet Singh said, “The four-nation tour is a chance for our team to test ourselves against top nations in the world. Spain, the Netherlands and England have been in good form this past year and we will look to get favourable results on the tour to ensure our team can have momentum going into the all-important Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023. We have trained well and are confident of a solid performance in Spain.”
The Indian squad had been training at the National Coaching Camp at SAI Centre in Bengaluru.
Speaking on the upcoming competition, Indian Men’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Craig Fulton said, “We are looking forward to implementing our plans and structure in the upcoming matches in Spain. This is an important year for us with the prestigious Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023, and the crucial Hangzhou Asian Games 2023, coming up. We have worked on the areas in the camp where we needed to improve upon, and we will focus on our strengths on the Spain tour to get positive results.”
Indian Men’s Hockey Team:
1. Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran
2. Krishan Bahadur Pathak
3. Jarmanpreet Singh
4. Nilam Sanjeep Xess
5. Manpreet Singh
6. Amit Rohidas
7. Harmanpreet Singh (C)
8. Varun Kumar
10. Hardik Singh (VC)
11. Vivek Sagar Prasad
13. Nilakanta Sharma
14. Shamsher Singh
15. Rajkumar Pal
16. Lalit Kumar Upadhyay
17. Mandeep Singh
18. Gurjant Singh
19. Sukhjeet Singh
22. Dilpreet Singh
23. Simranjeet Singh
24. Karthi Selvam
Schedule for 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament and broadcast details:
On 25th July 2023, India vs Spain at 2330 hrs IST
On 26th July 2023, India vs Netherlands at 2130 hrs IST
On 28th July 2023, India vs England at 1630 hrs IST
Fans in India can view all the matches of the 100th Anniversary Spanish Hockey Federation – International Tournament on Olympics.com and Watch.Hockey.
HOCKEY INDIA TEAM PARTNERS
Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) – Major Team Partner
Sports Authority of India (SAI)
About HOCKEY INDIA
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.