Birendra Lakra, Olympic bronze medalist, retires from international hockey


Indian hockey star and Olympic bronze medalist Birendra Lakra announced on Thursday that he was leaving the game with immediate effect, hours after teammate Rupinder Pal Singh announced his retirement.

Lakra’s retirement was announced by Hockey India on its official Twitter account.

“A strong defender and one of the most influential figures on the Indian men’s hockey team, the Odisha star has announced his retirement from the Indian national team. Happy retirement, Birendra Lakra, ”HI tweeted.

Lakra, 31, a defender, was part of India’s bronze medalist team at the Tokyo Olympics.

He was also part of the gold medal team at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the team that won bronze in 2018 in Jakarta.

Hours earlier, Lakra’s teammate Rupinder, who played a leading role in the historic Tokyo Olympics campaign, which won bronze, announced his surprise international retirement “to make way for the young.”


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