Indian hockey team leaves for Champions Trophy of Asia

NEW DELHI: The 18-member Indian hockey team, led by midfielder Manpreet Singh, left Monday for the fifth Hero Asian Champions Trophy, starting Oct. 18 in Muscat.

The world number 5, India, will start its campaign against host Oman before competing in Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea and Japan.

Before the team's departure, Captain Manpreet Singh said: "We had a few difficult months to reach because we could not reach our goal of winning the gold medal at the 18th Asian Games, but it's time for all of us to rejuvenate and get ready for the 2018 Odisha Hockey Bhubaneswar Men's World Cup. "

"The 5th Hero Asian Champions Team Muscat 2018 Trophy will give the team a chance to compete against some of the best Asian teams, who will also be competing in the World Cup later in November-December. produce our best performances and aim to win the competition, "he added.

With the selection of the world's No. 12 Indian team, Malaysia, its Pakistani rivals, South Korea, world number 14, the Japanese gold medalists at the 2018 Asian Games and Oman, the tournament will allow the Indian team to avoid making the mistakes that lost them in the semifinal against Malaysia at the 18th Asian Games 2018.

"We trained well during our national camp in Bhubaneswar and we focused on minimizing the mistakes of our game. We all knew that there were areas in which we had to work and the team has been determined to rectify things as we approach the two biggest months in all of our careers, "said Manpreet.

The Indian team will compete in the fifth Hero Asian Champions Champions Muscat 2018 trophy as defending champion after winning the title in 2016 by beating Pakistan 3-2 in the final held in Kuantan , in Malaysia.

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