NEW DELHI, Sept 12: 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 its title and returned with a bronze medal.
With age and speed not on his side, Sardar�s performance in the Games came under the scanner.
�Yes, I have decided to retire from international hockey. I have played enough hockey in my career. 12 years is a long time. Now it�s time for the future generation to take over,� Sardar told PTI.
�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,� he added.
Interestingly, during the Asian Games in Jakarta, Sardar said he still has hockey left in him and desires to play one last Olympics in 2020 Tokyo. � PTI