Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Hockey India has unveiled a new-look Official Playing Kit ahead of the Senior Teams important 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualification Tournaments in June.
Fans will watch the Manpreet Singh-led Men’s team donning the new uniform at the forthcoming FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha starting 6 June .
While the Women’s Team led by striker Rani will wear new Official Kit at the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima Japan starting 15 June.
The new Uniform created by the Official kitting partners Shiv Naresh, is a darker shade of blue which sports the Indian tri-colour on the sleeves and on the shoulders.
As the game has evolved over the years making it fast-paced and technical, the role of the Official Playing Kits too has evolved with manufacturers having to keep in mind the breath-ability as it increases the chances of dehydration on field. In addition, the material used should not curb their movements on the field while playing high-intensity hockey.
“We feel a lot of pride in wearing the India jersey and several young players work hard round the year to find an opportunity to wear the India kit which also features their unique Hockey India playing number and only a few are fortunate enough to have this privilege. “said captain Manpreet.
“The official Playing Kit always holds a very special place in every player’s heart and we are thrilled to receive this new-look, newly designed Indian uniform ahead of our important campaign at the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha ,” he added
Women’s Team skipper Rani Rampaul said :”The players love the new uniform. We also received new training kit and we are excited about it. The colours are bold, vibrant and I think in a way reflects the aggression we want to showcase in our game. The material used is dry-fit making it very light and breathable when we play matches.”