Indian Hockey Team captains- Manpreet and Rani talk of challenges ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal- Indian Hockey Team skippers deliberate on the challenges and preparations that lie ahead of thr Tokyo Olympics.

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Indian Hockey Team skipper Manpreet Singh (Left) and Indian Women Hockey Team skipper Rani Rampal (Right).

As the Tokyo Olympics kick off from July 23 this year, players and captains from almost all sporting arenas talk of what waits ahead in the most eye-grabbing sporting extravaganza. Being in the restricted surroundings owing to the current COVID-19 pandemic, each sporting event has its challenges to confront in the mega event scheduled this year.

In the same light, Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh talked of the mental preparedness that the team must go for several obstacles it might face on its way to the Tokyo Olympics.

“The biggest learning from last year was to not let external factors affect our goal. There could be many uncertainties but we need to only worry about what’s within our control and that is to work towards being our best.”

“There could be several challenges leading up to the Olympic Games this year and we need to be mentally prepared for it,” Manpreet said.

Crucial coming months

As handful of months are left for the things to Tokyo Olympics to commence, Manpreet and Rani, the women”s team skipper, believe the players in respective core groups should put their best forth so as to clinch their goals in Tokyo.

“The next 200 days is going to be the most important period of our lives. Each one of us have to give our 100 per cent in training and in competition if we want to see ourselves make the Indian Team for Tokyo,” she added.

Rani deliberated on the rigorous practice that the team undertook and said, “”In the previous national camp which lasted over four months, we have really worked hard to reach the level we were previously at. In the next few months, our focus will be on improving further in all aspects of the game. Our competitions this year will show us where we stand and what needs to be improved. From here on, each one of us have to work on being the best.”

On a concluding note to PTI, Rani said “I look forward to good competition within the team as it brings out the best in us. Another thing we need to focus on is our mental fitness and also take care of our bodies in the lead up to the Games to avoid injuries.”