Paris Olympics: Manpreet ready to follow Dhanraj's footsteps

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | July 11, 2024 IST

Manpreet Singh

New Delhi, July 11: Former India captain and the seasoned pro of the national senior men's hockey team Manpreet Singh, is all set to equal legendary Dhanraj Pillay's record of playing four Olympics

When midfielder Manpreet, takes the field along with his Indian hockey teammates in Paris Olympics 2024, he will walk into the record books for representing the country in four Olympic Games.

Manpreet made his debut for Indian senior hockey team in 2011. He has represented India in the three previous Olympics in 2012 (London), 2016 (Rio) and the 2020 (Tokyo). He has played 370 matches for India and have scored 27 goals.

 Being a midfielder, he has assisted in numerous goals. Under his able guidance in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India won the Bronze medal, and ended 41 years of medal drought in the Olympics.  

Reacting on this remarkable achievement, Manpreet said it is a dream come true. It is a milestone that fills him with immense pride. It is result of  years-long hard work, dedication, and unwavering support from family, coaches, and teammates that he could come that far, he added.

About equalling Dhanraj Pillay's record, Manpreet humbly stated that to follow in the footsteps of a legend like him (Dhanraj Pillay), who has been an inspiration for countless players including himself is an honour beyond words.

As per tournament schedule, India are placed in Pool B for the Paris 2024 Olympics, alongside defending Champions Belgium, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, and Ireland. To advance to the Quarter-Finals, the team must secure a top-four finish in their pool. 

Similarly, Pool A features the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, South Africa, and host nation France, setting the stage for a highly competitive 12-team men’s hockey tournament.

Speaking about Indian team's plan for the Olympics, Manpreet stated  that by concentrating on their own game and maintaining their composure, India can achieve great results. It's all about playing with passion and determination, and not allowing pressure to affect performance, Manpreet added. 

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  • hockey
  • Hockey India
  • Tokyo Olympics
  • Dhanraj Pillay
  • Manpreet Singh Hockey Player
  • Paris Olympics 2024

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