Former India hockey goalkeeper Alloysius Edwards feels that the Manpreet Singh-led Indian hockey men’s team in next month’s Tokyo Olympics is the best and the fittest from the country ever to compete at the Games.

The 52-year-old Edwards, who led in the Azlan Shah Trophy once, should know it better having been with the Indian team for close to 15 years – twice in the Olympic camps (1988 and 1992) – before finally making it to the 1996 Atlanta Games.

“This Indian team has the youth and class and I am pretty confident that the first-time Olympians will all be excited to give off their best and that in the process should only help the team’s cause,” he said in a chat with Sportstar.

“This team is capable of beating the best and fitness is the key unlike in the past. And, that they could maintain such high levels despite the pandemic is a tribute to their hard work and…

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