The information of Tokyo Olympics’ postponement is but to sink in however India’s hockey captains Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal are assured that they may take the frustration in stride whereas working exhausting for the subsequent one yr.
“We had just finished the day’s evening session when chief coach Graham Reid informed us about the postponement of the Olympic Games,” Manpreet mentioned.
But to sink in
“I think the news is yet to sink in for us. We were mentally gearing up for our first match on 25th July, so the disappointment is surely there but it is important for us to now look at the positives,” he added.
The Indian males’s and girls’s groups have formed up nicely over the course of the final yr, successful large competitions such because the FIH Series Finals and the Olympic Qualifiers in entrance of the house crowd in November final yr.
The boys’s crew made a fantastic begin to the season this yr with a unbelievable outing within the Professional League whereas the ladies’s crew was stoked after its tour to New Zealand earlier this yr.
“Though, somewhere at the back of our minds we anticipated this could happen considering the impact COVID-19 has made across the globe, we had never let it affect our training or the intensity needed in every session,” Manpreet mentioned.