With the Asian Games recently drawing to a close, it is time to look forward to the next part of 2018 which consists of a major tournament like the Hockey Men’s World Cup. In anticipation of the competition, the Indian men’s Team jersey will be unveiled today, September 7, in Mumbai. The festivities planned include the Indian Men’s Team and coach donning the new jerseys and walking the ramp.
The entire function is centered around one program which has been rightly titled ‘Only when everybody shares the same dream, does it become a reality’ organised by the State Government as part of its 360-degree campaign for the Hockey World Cup. Reports suggest that the jersey has been designed by National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) alumnus and renowned designer Narendra Kumar.
The Indian Men’s Hockey team put up a mixed show at the recently concluded Asian Games which saw them finish with Bronze. Their performance drew widespread criticism from various flanks even though they ended the tournament with a historical Goal tally. However, their Bronze medal finish meant that they lost out on the most accessible opportunity to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will now look to qualify through a more difficult route.
The Indian Men’s Team will look to put the Asian Games disappointment behind them ahead of the Hockey Men’s World Cup. On this occasion, the State Government will also launch ‘Hockey Adda’ which is being described as an on-ground interaction with Hockey players, past and present, and experts. This adda will see participation from a myriad of players including, as Indian Express reports, “Ajit Pal Singh, captain of the present team P R Sreejesh, former captains Dhanraj Pillay, Dilip Tirkey, Sardar Singh, Sandeep Singh and Ashok Kumar, son of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand“.
The excitement and hype around the Hockey Men’s World Cup just got all the more real.