Simranjeet Singh: Hope to be part of India's upcoming tournaments

India midfielder Simranjeet Singh, who helped India win a bronze medal in the Olympics at Tokyo, aims to hone his skills to become a regular in the national team for the upcoming tournaments.

Simranjeet Singh..."It was a great experience I had in Tokyo and my aim was to execute the role I was given to perfection." - HOCKEY INDIA

India midfielder Simranjeet Singh aims to hone his skills to become a regular in the national team for the upcoming tournaments.

Simranjeet helped India win a bronze medal in the Olympics at Tokyo, scoring twice as the Indian men's team defeated Germany 5-4 in the bronze-medal play-off.

"I feel very fortunate, honestly. It was a great experience I had in Tokyo and my aim was to execute the role I was given to perfection," he said.

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"Now, I am waiting to return to the camp and analyse our performance in detail and understand the areas I can further work on and improve."

Simranjeet was part of the India Colts team that lifted the FIH Junior Men's World Cup in Lucknow back in 2016. "That victory in Lucknow truly changed our lives for good. It really was the stepping stone for many of us and the journey so far has been fantastic," he said.

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"From here on, my aim is only to get better and be part of India's upcoming campaigns at the FIH Hockey Pro League, Asian Games and so on. There is still a lot that I feel I can improve upon."

With the FIH Men's Junior World Cup scheduled to be held in India starting November 24, Simranjeet is excited that the best talents from across the world will get to experience the facilities in Bhubaneswar.

"It is great that the best junior players from across the globe will get to experience the world-class facilities in Bhubaneswar. We have played in many venues across the world but playing in Odisha is always special because of the facilities there, the Odisha State Government's hospitality and the fans.

"I am really happy that hockey festivities are returning to India after nearly two years of no action in the country due to COVID-19. I hope all the players enjoy the tournament and wish them good luck," Simranjeet signed off.