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Tokyo bronze medalist Birendra Lakra announces retirement at international hockey


Birendra Lakra was part of India’s bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics.© Instagram

Indian hockey star Birendra Lakra, who won the Olympic bronze medal, announced on Thursday that he is leaving the match with immediate effect. his teammate Rupinder Pal Singh has announced his retirement. Lakra’s retirement was announced by Hockey India on its official twitter handle. “A solid defender and one of the most influential figures in the Indian men’s hockey team, the Odisha star has announced his retirement from the Indian national team. Happy Retirement, Birendra Lakra,” HI tweeted.

The 31-year-old Lakra, a defender, was part of India’s bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics.

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

Hours earlier, Lakra’s team-mate Rupinder, who played a leading role in the historic bronze-winning Olympic Games in Tokyo, announced his surprise international retirement “to make room for young people”.

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