Indian men’s hockey team stalwart Rupinder Pal Singh, who was part of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 where Indian Hockey won Bronze, on Thursday announced retirement.
Rupinder pal Singh was part of the Indian hockey team for 13 years and has played 223 matches. He is well known for his abilities as a dragflicker.
Announcing retirement, Rupinder Pal Singh took to social media and wrote: I would like to inform you about my decision to retire from the Indian hockey team. The past couple of months have undoubtedly been the best days of my life. Standing on the podium in Tokyo Olympics 2020 along with my teammates with whom I have shared some of the most incredible experiences of my life was a feeling I will cherish forever.”
“I believe it is time for me to make way for young and talented players to experience every great joy I have felt in these last 13 years of representing India. I have had the honour of wearing the India jersey in 223 matches and each of these matches are special for I had the privilege of playing for this great sport-loving nation,” he added.
“I am leaving the team feeling happy and content as we have conquered the greatest dream which was to win an Olympic medal for India. I will carry with me nothing but great memories of playing with some of the most talented players in world hockey and I have immense respect for each one of them,” he wrote further.
Adding, he wrote: “My teammates have been a great pillar of support all these years and I wish them the best as they surge ahead in taking India to newer heights in hockey.”
“I am grateful to all the Coaches who trained me to become a better player and I thank all the support staff – the scientific advisors, the physios, the masseurs, video analysts who have all been a big part of this success story,” he wrote.
“I wish that you will continue to support me the same way you always have as I move on from the Indian Team and begin a new chapter both on the personal and professional front,” concluded.