NEW DELHI, September 12: Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh has called time on his 12-year international career on Wednesday, encouraging youngsters to take over the national side.
Sardar said he made the decision after a disappointing Asian Games where India failed to defend their title and had to settle for a bronze medal, leaving them out of the reckoning for direct qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games. With age and speed not on his side, Sardar’s performance in the Games came under scrutiny.
“Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. I have played enough hockey in my career. Twelve years is a long time.
Now it’s time for the future generation to take over,” Sardar told PTI.
“I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey.”
Interestingly, during the Asian Games in Jakarta, Sardar had said he hoped to play till the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (PTI)