Asian Games 2023: Harmanpreet Singh delighted to be India’s joint flag bearer for the opening ceremony

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    Indian men’s hockey team leader Harmanpreet Singh is elated to have been selected as the country’s joint flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the prestigious 19th Asian Games Hangzhou. It’s scheduled on September 23rd. 

    Harmanpreet Singh delighted to be India’s joint flag bearer for the opening ceremony

    On Wednesday, the Indian Olympic Association declared that Harmanpreet Singh, the celebrated and popular Indian captain, will be leading the 655-member Indian contingent with famous boxer Lovlina Borgohain as the joint flag bearers for the upcoming 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. 

    In the past, Dhanraj Pillay (1998,2002), Jyoti Sunita Kullu (2006), Gagan Narang (2010), Sardar Singh (2014), and Neeraj Chopra (2018) were India’s flag bearers at the grand event. Harmanpreet Singh, noted for his terrific skills as a drag-flicker and his phenomenal leadership, has contributed marvellously to the global hockey stage. His name as the flag bearer in the respected event highlights his remarkable contribution to Indian Hockey. 

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    None could ever forget the massive role Harmanpreet Singh played in India’s Hockey campaign at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where the men in blue secured a historic Bronze medal. He netted the ball six times in the event, making his performance stand out. 

    His true leadership goes beyond individual achievements, as he recently led his team to win the Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023. That showcases his incredible capability to motivate his teammates and ensure the team’s success.

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    Being selected as the joint flag bearer in the prestigious occasion made Harmanpreet supremely happy and excited. He said, 

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    “Being named as the joint flag bearer alongside Lovlina Borgohain for the Asian Games is a moment of immense pride for me. It is an opportunity to represent my country on an even larger scale and I am truly humbled by this honour. I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate our boxing star Lovlina for the same. 

    I look forward to leading our contingent with all the enthusiasm and determination that has driven me throughout my career. This event is a testament to the unity and diversity of our nation, and I hope to carry our flag with utmost pride and humility.”

    Indian Men’s Hockey team is in Pool A

    India is in Pool A with Pakistan, Japan, Bangladesh, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. Pool B has Korea, Malaysia, China, Oman, Thailand and Indonesia. The two best teams from each group will move to the semifinals. 

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    India’s first fixture is against Uzbekistan, scheduled on 24th September. It starts at 8:45 IST. 

    Harmanpreet is geared up with his game after their Asian Champions Trophy win and is looking forward to a direct qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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