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Manpreet Singh, Rani Rampal to lead Indian hockey teams at Olympic Qualifiers

New Delhi, October 18: Hockey India on Friday named an unchanged women squad, to be led by Rani Rampal, along with the men’s team for the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
The 18-member men’s squad will be captained by Manpreet Singh and seasoned forward S V Sunil will be his deputy.
Goalkeeper Savita will be the vice-captain of the women’s squad.
The two teams are scheduled to take part in the two-legged FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha where the World No. 5 Indian men’s team will be up against World No. 22 Russia, while the World No. 9 women’s hockey side will face World No. 13 USA.
The men’s team has two goalkeepers in P R Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak.
Captain Manpreet leads the forward line which also includes Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, and Ramandeep Singh.
“After a good preparation tour in Belgium, it was always going to be a very difficult decision to pick the best 18 players for this tournament. We have chosen a well-balanced side with a number of good flexible options,” said men’s chief coach Graham Reid.
“We now need to focus on strategies against Russia, and ensure we are at our best when we step onto the field on 1st and 2nd November.” The women’s team remained unchanged from its tour of England. (PTI)

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