“We are in the final stages of a rigorous training block,” Harmanpreet Singh said prior to the Olympics in Paris.

Harmanpreet Singh, the captain of the Indian men’s hockey team, stated that the group has reached the “final stages of an intense training block” in order to get ready for the Olympics in Paris.

Head coach Harmanpreet Singh has stated that the Indian men’s hockey team has entered the “last stages of an intense training block” in order to be ready for the historic event. The team will play in the Yves-du-Manior Stadium of the Paris 2024 Olympics in an attempt to break a 44-year gold medal drought. In order to advance to the quarterfinals, India must defeat the defending Olympic champions Belgium (World No. 2), Australia (World No. 3), Argentina (World No. 7), New Zealand (World No. 10), and Ireland (World No. 11) in Pool B.

In the meanwhile, the 12-team men’s hockey tournament at the Paris 2024 Olympics will feature fierce competition amongst the Netherlands, the top-ranked team in the world, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, South Africa, and the host nation, France.

India’s campaign will go off on July 27 when they take on New Zealand. On July 29, they play Argentina. On July 30 and August 1, they take on Ireland and Belgium. On August 2, they will play their final group stage match against Australia.

“We are currently nearing the end of a rigorous training block. The group has focused on the areas that, following the Tour of Australia, we believed required attention. We will soon travel to Europe to compete in the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023–2024 against some formidable opponents, including Argentina, Belgium, and Germany.

“The chemistry in the squad continues to grow and with only 75 days left for the Paris 2024 Olympics we are working to be in the best shape possible,” stated Harmanpreet.

Vice captain Hardik Singh, meanwhile, declared his excitement for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, adding, “The squad is doing everything in our power to win gold at the Olympics and alter the color of our previous medal. Along with several players who could be competing in their third Olympics, such as our Captain, we have players like PR Sreejesh and Manpreet Singh who could be competing in their fourth Olympics.

Their background has played a significant role in shaping the current group of younger players. There are just 75 days left until the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, and we are eager to get started.”

India’s Olympic hockey history is extensive. After defeating the Netherlands 3-0 in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, they took home their first Gold Medal. They continued to dominate, taking home Gold Medals in the Olympics in 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964, and 1980.

With 12 medals overall, India is the most successful men’s hockey team in Olympic history. They have won 8 gold medals, 3 bronze in 1968, 3 silver in 1972, and 3 bronze in the most recent Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

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