​My name is Manpreet Singh, I am a midfielder for India’s Hockey team. We’re currently in Bengaluru at our training camp as we prepare for Rio. We’re focusing on a lot of different aspects in our training. We’re trying to address our weaknesses from previous matches. Dynamic running, working on our press and particularly for me, I’m working on my role as the penalty corner stopper and do extra training at 4pm. We currently have many junior members in our team so it’s my main responsibility to hold the team together. The senior players such as Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal, SV Sunil are very helpful in this aspect. The youngsters too are responding well and acting professionally both on and off the field. We’re also really happy that this time we’re not going alone. I’m the vice captain of the Indian Women’s team. I play both as a defender and a midfielder. This morning we were training in the park and it was really tough. We’re actually getting a little scared of going to the park now. But it’s all good. All in the name of improving our game. Our first dream has always been to qualify for the Olympics. When I came into the camp in 2007, I was just a junior, but even the seniors at the time dreamt of qualifying. We’d got to the Commonwealth Games and the Asian games but the Olympics had always eluded us. So now our goal is to perform well in the Olympic Games. Since qualifying our life has changed a bit, the media are more interested in us now. But we get motivated by this. It’s all good but let’s see if it continues after the Olympics. Historically India have done really well in the past and won many medals. It’s quite a big deal so to get into the Indian team is an achievement in itself. For me, when I hear my name announced in the 16 or 18 man team, I’m really happy. Because to be selected from the population of India, it really is an achievement. Hockey is in my blood, my grandfather, uncle and brother all played at international level. As a kid, instead of toys, I would play Hockey. It is a passion I have had since I was a kid and knew it was something I was going to pursue. Yes, we’re happy but not completely satisfied with our game. We want to improve even more. Hockey is actually our national sport. I’d say if we can do well in the Olympics and even bring back a medal, the nation will follow us.

Training for Rio with the Indian Hockey team
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31 thoughts on “Training for Rio with the Indian Hockey team

  • July 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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    頭につけてるの何?

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  • July 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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    Not what they used to be.

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  • July 21, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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    Quick guide to Olympic Wrestling plz

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  • July 22, 2016 at 3:41 am
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    Eat More chappati guys or Prata with curry . sure win 😂😂😂

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  • July 24, 2016 at 5:47 am
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    Come on INDIA LET'S DO THIS AND SHOW THE WORLD OUR STRENGTH 💪! 😘

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  • July 25, 2016 at 12:20 am
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    Good Luck India! Best wishes from Ukraine!!!

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  • July 27, 2016 at 8:14 am
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    I think they can do it. Much stronger squad. Than before

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  • July 27, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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    WHY THIS KOLAVERI KOLAVERI DI :V
    Nah just kiddin, good luck ^^

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  • July 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    Good luck at rio. First, escape the group stage then win 1 more match and it will be very likely to get a medal. exacttly what Iran wants to do at volleyball.
    Love from Iran 😀

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  • July 31, 2016 at 10:47 am
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    best wishes for indian squad

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  • July 31, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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    my best wishes are with your team.Have the spirit and win the medal.

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  • August 2, 2016 at 9:59 am
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    Good luck!!!🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
    Belarus😊

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  • August 2, 2016 at 11:46 am
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    all the best

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  • August 2, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    all the best

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  • August 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    Esses jogos vão ser engraçados kkkk

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  • August 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm
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    good luck

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  • August 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm
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    Please please win a medal ..Indian hockey badly needs it..All the best!!

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  • August 6, 2016 at 8:38 am
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    This isn't real hockey..

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  • August 6, 2016 at 11:51 pm
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    Best wishes

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  • August 7, 2016 at 2:39 am
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    Trust yourselves India you guy's can do it play your game with confidence be positive you guy's will achieve your dreams good luck

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  • August 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm
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    in india even sports are taken by subjects teachers on a routine basis, things like this need to change if not we'll obviously be poor at medals. We have a huge population all we need is importance for sports education just like other fields

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  • August 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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    hola, me pueden pasar mas informacion de equipo de varones, su historia y como llego a las olimpiadas de Rio 2016? Gracias!!!

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  • January 2, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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    Please learn back shot without turning back. See Holland hockey style along with stopping and striking of ball during penalty. Style with doubling which is given by Indian veterians and also while taking ball on ground push up the ball to avoid opponents defendents.

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  • August 11, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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    Roelant is class apart

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  • September 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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    I also play hochey

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  • December 25, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Only one word ( respect )

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  • February 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    I Love hockey , we pely hockey , i love manprit sing

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  • April 27, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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    How to play national level in hockey game please sir Tel me please please please talk me

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  • April 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    How to talk you sir

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  • November 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    Shuld train thrice as hard as you do….beyond what coach has to say… guys you don't wok hard enough to be able to win GOLD , just to be in team is not enough..
    Main problem : – NO JUNIOR or SENIOR IN THE TEAM, if junior is not good enough then he is not in the team- NO DIVISION IN TEAM PLEASE

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    Give up don't give up

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