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Using Lockdown for Rejuvinating Myself and Preparing for Tokyo Olympics from Scratch: Varun Kumar

Indian males’s hockey crew defender Varun Kumar (Photo Credit: @TheHockeyIndia)

Varun Kumar believes time without work from the game will assist recharge his batteries for recent challenges later and to concentrate on getting ready for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 2:21 PM IST

Defender and drag-flicker Varun Kumar believes the time without work from the game will assist him in recharging his batteries for recent challenges later this 12 months and to concentrate on getting ready for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics from scratch.

The Indian hockey core probables are at present spending time with their households at dwelling throughout their month-long break after coming back from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru.

Varun stated: “I see this period at home as one where we will get the chance to rejuvenate ourselves, and restart everything from scratch keeping in mind that we need to be peaking during the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start in July 2021.”

“As an athlete, it’s not all the time about how recent you might be bodily, however there may be additionally numerous concentrate on the psychological points. I really feel this break has supplied us with the chance to relaxation our minds as effectively, by spending some high quality time with our households.

“I’ve been actually having fun with the little moments with my mother and father, my elder brother and my pet canine, and that actually helps you in simply taking your thoughts off the game generally,” he added.

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Varun, who couldn’t play within the Olympic Qualifiers final 12 months on account of a nerve injury to his proper arm, has not represented the nation since recuperating and recovering from the minor harm however says his focus is unwavering.

“It is unquestionably tough for me as a result of I have never been capable of make the comeback to aggressive hockey but, however as issues stand, everybody’s security and well being takes heart stage. I’m simply being very affected person and ensuring that I’m sustaining my health ranges so that when we resume the game, I can get into the rhythm of enjoying very quickly,” stated the 24-year-old.

Also reflecting on his previous expertise of successful the 2016 Junior World Cup on the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in Lucknow the place his younger facet beat Belgium within the Final, Varun stated lifting the trophy nonetheless stays his fondest sporting second until date.

“During the lockdown, I’ve had the prospect to mirror again on my journey to the Indian crew, and I really feel actually proud to have gained the Junior World Cup in 2016, it was probably the greatest moments of my enjoying profession.

“I think having played continuously for the past 4-5 years, I haven’t really had the chance to reflect, but it was good to really sit with people like Krishan (Pathak), Harmanpreet (Singh) and Mandeep (Singh) who experienced that journey with me. We have spoken about how far we have since then, and it just gives you more confidence to achieve greater things for your country in the future,” stated the defender.

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Varun, who had scored two objectives for the junior crew throughout the 2016 World Cup marketing campaign, says it’s his dream to win the highest prizes on the senior degree as effectively.

“After that amazing year and tournament in 2016, and then playing consistently for the senior team, I felt ready to win the 2018 Men’s World Cup held in Odisha, but of course what you realize is that it is not that easy. Belgium was top-class in that tournament and deserved to win, and we faced a strong Netherlands’ team in the quarter-finals,” stated Varun.

“However, I feel the group of gamers we’ve got are extra skilled now and are actually beginning to play based on our strengths below our chief coach Graham Reid. My private purpose has all the time been to win main tournaments for my nation, and we’ll go for it once more subsequent 12 months with the Tokyo Olympics.

“But earlier than we do look too far forward, it will be significant for me and for my crew mates to utilise the subsequent 12 months, acquire extra expertise and be able to beat the most effective groups on the planet come July 2021,” he added.

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