New Delhi: Hockey India today announced the Men’s and Women’s teams for the Rio Olympics 2016 here at a function held in New Delhi.
In a surprise change the long standing captain of the men’s team Sardar Singh has been replaced by Goal Keeper PR Sreejesh while Sushila Chanu will captain the Women’s team replacing captain Ritu Rani after she was dropped due to lack of improvement in her performance and other issues.
Men’s team have found themselves in a tough spot as they have challengers like Germany and Netherlands in the Group.
Men’s squad: PR Sreejesh (captain and GK), Harmanpreet Singh (defender), Rupinder Pal Singh (defender), Kothajit Singh (defender), Surendar Kumar (defender), Manpreet Singh (midfielder), Sardar Singh (midfielder), VR Raghunath (defender), SK Uthappa (midfielder), Danish Mujtaba (midfielder), Devender Walmiki (midfielder), SV Sunil (forward and vice-captain), Akashdeep Singh (forward), Chinglensana Singh (midfielder), Ramandeep Singh (forward), Nikkin Thimmaiah (forward).
Standby: Pardeep Mor, Vikas Dahiya
The women’s team is in Group B with Argentina, Australia, Great Britain, Japan and United States
Savita (GK), Navjot Kaur (midfielder), Deep Grace Ekka (defender), Monika (midfielder), Anuradha Devi (forward), Poonam Rani (forward), Vandana Kataria (forward), Deepika (vice-captain and defender), Namita Toppo (defender), Renuka Yadav (midfielder), Sunita Lakra (defender), Sushila Chanu (captain and defender), Rani Rampal (forward), Preeti Dubey (forward), Lilima Minz (midfielder), Nikki Pradhan (forward).
Standby: Rajani Etimarpu & H. Lalruat Feli
Deep Grace Ekka (defender), Namita Toppo (defender), Lilima Minz (midfielder) and Sunita Lakra (defender) are the 4 Odisha girls to have made to the Indian national team for the Rio Olympics.
Odisha sports minister has announced Rs 50,000 incentive for each player to have made it to the team.