The V Baskaran-led team was the last to secure an Olympic medal (gold) back in Moscow 1980.
The Manpreet-led team would now meet Germany in bronze medal match
Manpreet Singh-led team rose like a phoenix and exorcised the ghosts with four successive wins, three in the league phase and this victory over Britain.
Twenty-five members from the Indian contingent attended the Opening Ceremony amid the COVID-19 concerns in Tokyo
India will take on dark horse New Zealand in their first Pool A match on Saturday
The team under Manpreet Singh’s leadership hopes to end the title drought in Tokyo.
Hockey will have only one representative in men's team captain Manpreet Singh, who will be a flag-bearer alongside boxer MC Mary Kom.
Pillay, who represented India in four consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2004, said fitness is the key asset of the Manpreet Singh-led side going into the Tokyo Games.
One of India's biggest medal hopes, wrestler Bajrang Punia, will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8.
Under Manpreet's captaincy, the Indian team won the Asia Cup in 2017, the Asian Champions Trophy in 2018 and the FIH Series Final in 2019.
"Everyone is confident about their respective games and if we play to our full potential, we can certainly make history in the Tokyo Olympics," said Indian hockey team Midfielder Nilkanta Sharma
Jaskaran, son of hockey Olympian and former India coach Rajinder Singh Jr, is currently training with the men's senior core group for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics
Camp will take place at the Sports Authority of India campus and the core group will undergo a mandatory quarantine period before re-starting training as per SAI and Hockey India SOPs
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