The extraordinary efficiency on the Tokyo Olympics was not a “in the future surprise”, asserted Indian girls’s hockey group chief coach Janneke Schopman, who’s wanting ahead to this 12 months’s World Cup.
Schopman stated after the excessive in Tokyo, they’re now decided to defend their Asia Cup title, which can guarantee a direct qualification to the FIH Women’s World Cup, to be collectively co-hosted by Spain and Netherlands from July 1 to 17.
The Indian girls recorded their best-ever efficiency within the Olympics final 12 months by ending fourth.
“Out efficiency in Tokyo exceeded our expectations however we nonetheless have extra beneficial properties to make to be within the top-6 on this planet. We have to maintain enhancing as a result of the ladies don’t wish to be a one-day surprise,” Schopman stated throughout a digital press convention forward of Asia Cup.
“They wish to be proper up there and play in opposition to one of the best of the world to their potential.”
After the Olympics, the Indian girls performed only one recreation within the Asian Champions Trophy in Donghae, South Korea final month after they had been pressured to drag out of the occasion after one participant examined constructive for COVID-19.
“Since Olympics we performed only one recreation. The Asia Cup is essential to us as it’s a qualifying match for the World Cup. There is loads of stake at place,” the coach stated.
The prime 4 group from the Asia Cup, scheduled to be held between January 21-28 on the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, will immediately qualify for this 12 months’s World Cup.
Schopman stated her teaching type is easy: “work in your particular person recreation and attempt to be dominant” over the opponents.
“As a coach I’ve a transparent philosophy. I would really like us to be extra dominant when in possession. We have to work our recreation and strike a stability between assault and defence. The factor which we now have learnt from Tokyo is that we have to give attention to what we are able to management and may do ourselves,” she stated.
“We want to determine what we’re good at on the pitch and see work on our shortcomings.”
Veteran goalkeeper Savita Punia, who will lead the aspect within the Asia Cup within the absence of normal skipper Rani Rampal who’s recovering from an harm, stated Tokyo Games is a factor of the previous as a busy season awaits, which incorporates two big-ticket occasions — the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.
“The entire 12 months is vital for us. We have 3-Four main tournaments lined up together with the CWG and Asian Games. Besides we may even make our debut on the FIH Pro League this 12 months.
“Our principal focus is to qualify for the World Cup by means of Asia Cup after which win the Asian Games to immediately qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics,” she stated.
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