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#ChasingTheGold: Why India’s Current Men’s Hockey Team Could Revive Indian Hockey’s Glorious Past


#ChasingTheGold: A series on the lesser known stories of India’s sporting stars, presented by The Better India in collaboration with Knappily, the Knowledge App.

The Indian men’s hockey team’s recent performance at the Rio Olympics has rekindled the hope that the current team will be able to bring back the Golden Years that Indian Hockey witnessed from 1928 to 1956.

After missing out on an Olympic spot in Beijing and performing dismally in London, the Indian men’s hockey team redeemed itself by becoming the first to secure a berth to the Rio Olympics. The team has already garnered national attention in the games this year, after its performance against Ireland and defending champion Germany. While it is inevitable that the legacy of India’s eight gold medals in hockey will be invoked if they win a medal, the belief in the team seems to come as much from their current form as it does from their past glory.

What has changed for Indian hockey?

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Why was there a change in captaincy just before the squad left for Rio?

When are India’s matches scheduled?

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Where did the team last win a medal at the Olympics?

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Who is Roelant Oltmans?

How is the current format different from previous editions?

To improve the flow and intensity of the competition and to enhance fan experience, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has instituted some changes to the match format.

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