The Indian Men’s Hockey team had a historical performance at the Tokyo Olympics, bringing home a glorious bronze medal after a 41 year long wait. The medal celebrated by the whole nation, has brought in a new era of hockey, where the Indian team hopes to improve even further to reach the top spot.
It has been a month since the team clinched the medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, and while all the men and even women have been appreciated and felicitated in several ways, it is now time to look forward said Indian Men’s Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh. The captain said that the awards, prizes and love has been very well received by the players, but now it is time to rest their minds and bodies.
“We have enjoyed all the felicitations, the honour and accolades we received has been overwhelming but now we must start thinking about how to better ourselves for the 2022 calendar,” stated the Captain to Hockey India website.
Manpreet said that this is now a new beginning for the Indian hockey team, both men’s and women’s. He also believes that the fantastic performance of both the teams at the Olympics has now increased the popularity of the sport even further.
Indian Men’s Hockey Team Sets Sights on 2022 Asian Games as Winners Will Directly Qualify for 2024 Paris Olympics
The all important Asian Games will be held in China in September 2022. It is the team’s top priority to win these games, since it will automatically guarantee them a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Last time the men’s team could only manage a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games, which made them lose out on an automatic qualifier spot for the Tokyo Olympics. Luckily the Olympic qualifiers were held in India, which allowed the team to secure their spot.
“We were lucky to have the FIH Olympic qualifying matches in India. But we can’t depend on the same again. The best would be for us to qualify by winning the Asian Games, so it gives us right amount of time to prepare for 2024 Olympics,” he explained.
Singh believes that the fan base in India after the Olympics has been a great boost towards the team and the sport in general. He said now it is on the performance of the team to keep the popularity of the sport boosted so that the support continues.