NEW DELHI: The Indian men’s hockey crew captain Manpreeet Singh feels if his aspect proceeds with its recent good type, it has the potential to close an about four-ten years-lengthy Olympic medal drought in Tokyo this yr.
India experienced gained the previous of their eight Olympic gold medals in the 1980 Moscow Olympics prior to the workforce endured a sharp slide in its fortunes.
But in the last couple of years, India have designed continuous progress.
“To begin with, it was good to be again taking part in global hockey just after a prolonged time. I’m pretty satisfied with the development of the crew about the previous 18 months. If we continue on to build on this, I am sure we can defeat any staff,” Manpreet mentioned on the situation of a 100-day countdown to the Tokyo Game titles, is scheduled to start out on July 23.
The Indian crew not too long ago got the greater of reigning Olympic champions Argentina in the FIH pro league in an absent tie.
“The team spirit is large correct now and as I stated just before, we should use just about every opportunity we get before the Tokyo Olympics to fantastic-tune our game,” Manpreet said.
“The youngsters in the group have come a extensive way. I am hoping this form continues and we place a significantly much better screen than what we would managed in the Rio Olympics,” he additional.
The Indian men’s hockey team completed a disappointing eighth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Like Manpreet, the Indian women’s group skipper Rani Rampal too is optimistic about a excellent exhibit in Tokyo. The group would be creating a again-to-back Olympic Game titles visual appearance for the to start with time in the background of the party.
“I am content with the battle our team confirmed versus environment no 2 Argentina and Germany previously this yr,” Rani claimed in a launch issued by Hockey India.
“Of program, we’re dissatisfied to have not registered a win, but we have showed that we could keep our personal versus higher-rated opponents. Considering that coming back from Germany, we have been functioning difficult on our finishing and our method.
“I come to feel we have arrive a lengthy way from a tactical standpoint. I am confident that the moment we change these very good performances into effects, we will be in the combine for an Olympic medal far too.”
Hockey India has launched ‘Hockey te Charcha’, a unique podcast series to relive the glorious moments of Indian hockey as a result of the voices of some iconic players.
The collection, in its to start with episode, featured a conversation with Harbinder Singh.
Hockey te Charcha will be a fortnightly collection in the direct up to the Tokyo Games.