He was marked out for greatness as a player and a leader even before he became a constant in the national side. Having led the Indian team at the Junior World Cup, Manpreet Singh has always had confidence in abundance but it has been tempered with a sense of responsibility as captain. The successor to Sardar Singh in the side had big boots to fill and Manpreet eased into the role, both as a player and as a captain, as if he always belonged there and the FIH Player of the Year award in 2020 only reaffirmed his status.

Ahead of his third Olympics, the Indian skipper shared his plans, disappointments and determination to succeed at Tokyo.

With preparations entering the final stretch now, how is the training at the moment?

Training at the moment is going very good. We are working on a lot of things right now — our attacks, penalty corners both in attack and defence, plus we are also…

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