Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh announces international retirement

Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh on Wednesday decided to call time on his illustrious career, saying he had played enough in the last 12 years and now it’s time for the youngsters to take over. Sardar said he made the decision after a disappointing Asian Games where India failed to defend their title and had to settle for a bronze medal, leaving them out of the reckoning for direct qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games. With age and speed not on his side, Sardar’s performance in the Games came under scrutiny.”Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. I have played enough hockey in my career. Twelve years is a long time. Now it’s time for the future generation to take over,” Sardar told.”I took the decision after consultation with my family in Chandigarh, Hockey India and my friends. I think it’s the right time to think about life beyond hockey.”Interestingly, during the Asian Games in Jakarta, Sardar had said he hoped to play till the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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