Bhubaneswar: Three hockey players from Odisha – Suman Beck, Pratap Lakra and Sudeep Chirmako – were selected in Indian Junior Men’s Team for the upcoming tournament in Spain.
The Hockey India announced their names in the 18-member squad for eight nation Under-21 Tournament scheduled from June 10.
The teams in fray for the event include the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, hosts Spain and India.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the players from Odisha for their selection in the team for the international hockey tournament.
Congratulate hockey players from #Odisha, Suman Beck (Vice Captain), Pratap Lakra and Sudeep Chirmako for making it to under-21 Indian team for eight-nation tournament to be played in Spain from June 10. Best wishes to the team. #OdishaForSports https://t.co/rDGtphrEIt
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 15, 2019
The Indian Junior Men’s Team will be captained by Mandeep Mor and vice captained by Suman Beck. The goalkeepers named for this Tournament are Prashant Kumar Chauhan and Pawan while defenders named are Mandeep Mor, Pratap Lakra, Sanjay, Akashdeep Singh Junior, Suman Beck and Parampreet Singh, said Hockey India in a release on Tuesday.
Similarly, Midfielders Yashdeep Siwach, Vishnu Kant Singh, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Maninder Singh, Vishal Antil have been named in the squad while the forwardline will feature Amandeep Singh, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Shivam Anand, Sudeep Chirmako.
Speaking about the team selection, David John, Director, High Performance said, “Some of the players have had good international exposure and I am hopeful that the 8 Nations U-21 Tournament will further their experience of playing quality teams at high intensity. This will be quite a challenging tournament given the teams participating in it and I believe the tournament will give us an understanding of where we stand in terms of our preparations for the Junior World Cup in 2021.”
Here’s the list of Indian Colts Team:
1. Prashant Kumar Chauhan
3. Mandeep Mor (Captain)
4. Pratap Lakra
6. Akashdeep Singh Junior
7. Suman Beck (Vice-Captain)
8. Parampreet Singh
9. Yashdeep Siwach
10. Vishnu Kant Singh
11. Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem
12. Maninder Singh
13. Vishal Antil
14. Amandeep Singh
15. Rahul Kumar Rajbhar
16. Shivam Anand
17. Sudeep Chirmako
18. Prabhjot Singh