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Manpreet, Rani To Lead Indian Teams At Olympic Qualifiers

New Delhi: Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal will lead the respective Indian males’s and girls’s hockey groups on the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers scheduled to happen on November 1st and 2nd on the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

The 2 groups are scheduled to participate within the two-legged Qualifiers the place the World No. 5 Indian males’s workforce can be up towards World No. 22 Russia, whereas the World No. 9 Indian ladies’s workforce will face World No. 13 the US.

The lads’s workforce has two goalkeepers in P.R. Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak. Captain Manpreet leads the ahead line which additionally consists of Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, and Ramandeep Singh.

“After a good preparation tour in Belgium, it was always going to be a very difficult decision to pick the best 18 players for this tournament. We have chosen a well-balanced side with a number of good flexible options,” stated males’s head coach Graham Reid.

“We now need to focus on strategies against Russia, and ensure we are at our best when we step onto the field on 1st and 2nd November.”

The ladies’s workforce remained unchanged from its tour of England.

“We have retained the 18-member team from our preparatory tour of England. We have a good balance and mixture of players in the squad, and keeping in mind our objective of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, I feel it is important to stay in the rhythm with the same players who performed well in the preparatory tour. We now focus on making sure that we leave no stone unturned when we take on the US in the two matches,” expressed ladies’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne on his facet.

The winners of the Qualifiers will qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Video games scheduled to be held subsequent 12 months.

Males’s Squad: Manpreet Singh (C), PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, S.V. Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Simranjeet Singh.

Ladies’s squad: Rani Rampal (C), Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and Sharmila Devi.

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