The Indian men’s hockey team will ramp up its Olympic preparations with tours of Germany and Belgium this month. This will be its first international sojourn since the COVID-19 pandemic halted sporting activities across the world last March.

A core group of 22 players and six support staff will leave from Bengaluru for Krefeld, Germany on Sunday, where they will play the home team on February 28 and March 2.

The Indians will then travel to Antwerp, Belgium, where they are scheduled to play against Great Britain on March 6 and 8.

The Indian team will be captained by goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh, while drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named as his deputy for the 17-day tour.

The men’s team last participated in an international competition in February last year when they played the FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Australia in Bhubaneswar.

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