Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that an amount of Rs 45.05 crore has been spent on senior hockey men's team during the last five years.
While Manpreet will lead the side, star dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named as the vice-captain for the tournament, to be held from December 14 to 22.
Defender Varun Kumar was not part of the original 16-member squad selected for the Tokyo Olympics but was called up later when the IOC decided to allow "alternate athletes" in team events.
At the recently held Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 where India won the historic bronze, Nilakanta was impressive in the midfield as he executed the team's plans and showed why he is a team player.
The Odisha government had commissioned the weavers to deliver the scarves with hockey logos in them for the felicitation ceremony in Kalinga Stadium on August 17.
Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh hopes bronze medal at Olympics will ensure bright future
The midfielder credited the team camaraderie and bonding behind the result and added that the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown proved to be a blessing in disguise.
India finished the Tokyo Olympic Games with a ranking of 48, which Narinder Batra described as a bar that has been set from where India can only go higher.
The Indian men's hockey team, which ended a 41-year medal drought by clinching a bronze medal in Tokyo, rose to 3rd in the FIH World Rankings.
The owners of Mohan Kamboj Dhaba are getting a giant flex made to celebrate hockey star Sumit Kumar, which will be put up on display at the dhaba.
57-year-old Reid, who has worked with the men's hockey team for more than two years, said the tough circumstances that some of the players encountered growing up will also be a motivation for them.
Feel like we are within touching distance of the dream we have harboured: Rani Rampal and Manpreet Singh
Both Rani and Manpreet said that living in bio-bubbles has brought the side closer and they will use it to their advantage at the upcoming Games.
India had announced a 16-member team for the showpiece event last week but refrained from naming the team's leadership group.
The notable absentees in the squad are strikers Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh, who were a part of the Rio Games team.
Gurjant Singh said that the team has been working as a unit, and it is one of the biggest reasons behind Europe and Argentina success.