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Veteran Sushila Chanu Backs India to Win Gold

She captained India to a bronze medal end within the 2013 Women’s Junior Hockey World Cup and veteran Sushila Chanu feels the Salima Tete-led facet has the potential to go two steps additional and declare a maiden gold within the version that begins on Friday.

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The Indian staff will start its marketing campaign in Pool D in opposition to Wales on Saturday in Potchefstroom, South Africa earlier than taking up formidable Germany on Sunday.

The Indians will then tackle Malaysia of their remaining pool match earlier than the quarterfinal spherical which begins on April 8.

“This is a really tight-knit group with an excellent understanding between each other on the field, and off-field as well. They have trained together as a group for a long time, and even played practice matches against the senior women’s team in the national camp at SAI Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar in which they have contested well,” Sushila stated.

“The group also consists of players who have represented the senior team on the big stage like the Olympics. These reasons lead me to believe that the Indian junior team is a strong contender for the gold medal.”

Sushila was referring to the trio of skipper Tete, midfielder Sharmila Devi and striker Lalremsiami, who had been a part of the senior staff that completed fourth on the Tokyo Olympics.

Halfback Sushila, one of many core group gamers within the Indian girls’s staff, rose to prominence throughout the nationwide setup following the bronze medal end in 2013 in Monchengladbach, Germany.

“We had the time of our lives during that Junior World Cup campaign. We were so young and carefree at the time, but each one of us was completely focussed on using that competition as a platform to improve on our skills individually, and as a team,” she recalled in Hockey India’s podcast ‘Hockey Te Charcha’.

“Our communication throughout the staff was so sturdy on the time. It was one of many key causes behind our success within the Junior World Cup.

“Winning that medal was the most important achievement of my life. I’ll always remember that recreation and that second once we secured victory.

The penalty shootouts had been occurring, and everybody within the staff was huddled collectively within the centre of the pitch and we had been all praying collectively. After successful the match that day, we had been all overjoyed. That marketing campaign was really unforgettable.”

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