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Indian men's hockey team aims to win gold at 2024 Paris Olympics

Published at :June 6, 2024 at 6:40 PM
Modified at :June 6, 2024 at 6:40 PM
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The Indian men’s hockey team have been drawn in Pool B.

Only 50 days remain before the Indian Men’s Hockey Team begins their Paris 2024 Olympics campaign where they will strive to end the 44-year Gold medal drought. India are placed in Pool B alongside, defending Champions Belgium, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and Ireland, and they will have to ensure a top-four finish in the pool to progress to the Quarter-Finals.

Meanwhile, Pool A is made up of the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, South Africa, and hosts France, setting the stage for an intense battle in the 12-team men’s hockey tournament at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The Indian Men’s Hockey Team will begin their campaign on 27th July against New Zealand, followed by a match against Argentina on 29th July before facing Ireland and Belgium on 30th July and 1st August. They will play their last group stage game against Australia on 2nd August.

Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team Captain Jyoti Singh shared her thoughts on the Indian Men’s Hockey Team saying, “I was following both hockey teams at the Tokyo Olympics and I was overjoyed to witness the Men’s Team end a 41-year long medal drought, a day after the Women’s Team finished fourth, marking their best performance at the Olympics. Before the Indian Men’s Hockey Team left to play in the FIH Pro League 2023/24 they were training in SAI and I felt the energy level of the team was off the charts, they were sincere in training and most importantly the unity in the team was visibly the best it has been, on and off the pitch.”

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“They are focused when it is time to train and they enjoy each other’s company off the pitch; qualities that we aim to inculcate in the Junior Women’s Team as well after witnessing them. Last time around the team earned the Bronze medal, since then they have improved in all aspects and increased their performance levels. We want them to play their best hockey in the Paris 2024 Olympics, reach the Final, and bring home the Gold medal,” she added.

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Indian Men’s Hockey Team forward Gurjot Singh also weighed in, saying, “The Men’s Team is performing well in the FIH Pro League currently, scoring from penalty corners and field goals while showcasing exemplary defensive skills in certain moments. Everyone looks fit and is set to peak right in time for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The whole country was happy after the Bronze medal in Tokyo, and now everyone, the senior team included, expects a Gold medal. The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team played practice matches against them, and I could feel the team was different compared to the last time. They have significantly improved upon their combinations and teamwork. I am confident the team will clinch the Gold medal at the Olympics this time.”

On this milestone day, Hockey India is launching a special podcast series, “Hockey te Charcha ft. Familia,” which aims to delve into the lives of family members of Indian Men’s Hockey Team players and brings to light their sacrifices and jubilations throughout the players’ careers.

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