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Paris will probably be my last Olympics, says former India men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh | Sports News

Manpreet Singh was the captain of the Indian national team that broke the 41-year medal crisis and won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Manpreet Singh says Paris 2024 Games will be his last Olympics. (Photo: X)

New Delhi: Manpreet Singh is yet to decide on his future plans but the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics will be his fourth and final Olympics. The former India men’s hockey captain said he wants to give his best in the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza. While he has not commented on his retirement in the recent past, his career is in its final stages.

Manpreet was the captain of the Indian team that broke a 41-year Olympic medal drought by clinching the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He was also a member of the team that won the 2014 and 2022 Asian Games gold medals.

“I never thought I would be able to play in four Olympics. It is every player’s dream to play in the Olympics and win a medal. I feel very lucky that this is my fourth Olympics,” Manpreet told PTI Bhasha.

“I am going to Paris as if it is my last Olympics and I have to give my best. I have not thought of quitting the game yet and my complete focus is on the Paris Games,” added the experienced midfielder, who made his debut for India in 2011 when he was just 19 years old.

After the Tokyo Olympics, Manpreet faced the worst period of his career when former coach Sjoerd Marijne made serious allegations against him. Marijne claimed that Manpreet had asked a player to underperform during the 2018 Commonwealth Games so that his teammates could get him onto the team; both the men’s and women’s teams jointly denied the allegation, stating that the Dutchman had done so to promote his book.

Manpreet is no longer the team captain and Harmanpreet Singh has taken over the responsibility, but the star midfielder knows his role as one of the most senior members of the team. India were in a tough pool at the Paris Olympics alongside Australia, Belgium, Argentina, New Zealand and Ireland.

(With PTI entries)