Pro League will be good test ahead of World Cup: Mandeep Singh | Hockey News

BENGALURU: Indian star striker Mandeep Singh announced on Tuesday the next professional league will be an ideal platform to “test” yourself before the FIH World Cup marquee, which will be held in Odisha Next year.
Ahead of the 2023 World Cup, the Indian team will compete in the Pro League from October 28 to November 6.
“It’s always good to face strong teams before a major competition. The Pro League will once again help us prepare for the World Cup, and also give us the opportunity to test ourselves before the tournament,” said the 27-year-old. -old said in a Hockey India statement.
The Indian Olympic bronze medalist team was beaten 7-0 by Australia in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games final.
The fifth-placed Indian team are placed in a tough Pool D with England, Spain and Wales. The leader of the group will qualify immediately for the quarter-finals while the next two teams will have to face each other in the cross-overs.
“Our trainer Graham Reid always tells us to focus on what we can control and not worry about things that are beyond our control. Whatever teams we have in our group, we strive to prepare to the best of our abilities and according to our plans,” Mandep said.
“We are convinced that if we stick to our basics and focus on the areas where we need to improve in training, we will be able to perform well in the tournament and have a great performance,” he added.
The quadrennial showpiece will be held at two venues in Odisha, across Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, and will see 16 teams take part in the tournament.
“There is always excitement in the air when we get the chance to play in front of the home fans. Having a chance to play against the best teams in the world in India again will be an exciting affair and therefore we are can’t wait for the World Cup to start,” he concluded.

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