Former India captain Sardar Singh announces retirement from international men’s hockey
Former India men’s hockey captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday announced his retirement from the sport, saying he had played enough in the last 12 years and now it’s time for the youngster’s players to take over.
Sardar Singh decided to quit after a disappointing Asian Games 2018 campaign where India hockey team failed to secure its title and returned with a bronze medal.
Sardar Singh was on Wednesday dropped from the 25-member core group for the upcoming national camp, which will begin from September 16 in Bhubaneswar. With age and speed not on his side anymore, Sardar Singh performance in the Games came under the scrutiny.
“Yes, I have decided to retire from international men’s hockey. I have played enough hockey in my career. 12 years is a long period. Now it’s time for the future generation to take over,” Sardar Singh.
“I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India, and my friends. He further said it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey,” he added.
He had missed the Gold medal Coast Commonwealth Games held early this year. The 32-year-old made his senior debut against Pakistan in 2006.
Since then he played an important role in mid-field position for his country. Sardar’s received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015. He has represented Indian in two Olympic Games.
Sardar Singh had appeared in over 350 matches for India and captained India for 8-years from 2008 to 2016.
However, his fans were not happy with his decision as they wanted to see Sardar Singh in the next Olympic Games, which is going to be held in Japan’s Tokyo in 2020.
Interestingly, during the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Sardar Singh said he still has hockey left in him and desires to play one last Olympics in 2020 Tokyo Japan’s.