With 75 days to go for the Tokyo Olympic Games, India hockey captain Manpreet Singh has mentioned that regardless of the setback of a postponed European tour because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group believes it has an excellent likelihood to win a medal. “We are extraordinarily disillusioned at not having the ability to journey to Europe for the FIH Pro League Games in opposition to Germany and Spain. Those matches would have actually helped in our preparations. But we perceive these are unprecedented occasions,” mentioned Manpreet, who’s coaching with the group on the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru.
“We strongly consider now we have the most effective likelihood to win a medal on the Olympics and this perception is preserving everybody motivated and optimistic. Our coaching now has been deliberate in such a fashion that we peak on the proper time and likewise we’re clocking lengthy hours within the solar to get our our bodies acclimatised to the new situations in Tokyo,” he mentioned.
The group will proceed to stay in Bengaluru, the place the coaches will system “systematic coaching”, which can assist the group peak on the proper time.
Women’s captain Rani, however, expressed reduction that each one the seven gamers who had examined Covid-positive lately will resume coaching this week.
“We are relieved that each one the (recovered) gamers are doing nice and have geared as much as resume coaching. We are taking all precautions on campus too in order that we keep wholesome and injury-free within the lead-up to the Games,” she mentioned.
“With journey restrictions in place, we perceive we might want to stay in SAI Centre, Bengaluru and practice. This is maybe the identical state of affairs for a number of the different nations too. Despite these setbacks, we’ll proceed to pursue our purpose of doing effectively in Tokyo. The subsequent 75 days are essential, and we’re upbeat as a gaggle.”
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