Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal (Picture Credit score: @TheHockeyIndia) Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal, captains of the Indian males’s and ladies’s hockey groups, are positive they’ll make the nation proud at Tokyo Olympics. IANS Final Up to date: […]
Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal, captains of the Indian males’s and ladies’s hockey groups, are positive they’ll make the nation proud at Tokyo Olympics.
- Final Up to date: July 23, 2020, 12:34 PM IST
With precisely one 12 months to go for the Olympic Video games to start in Tokyo on July 23, 2021, each males’s and ladies’s hockey groups from India are dedicated to make the nation proud and make a podium end on the prestigious quadrennial match.
The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled to be performed this 12 months however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been postponed until summer time of 2021.
Manpreet Singh, captain of the boys’s crew, has expressed that the nationwide aspect has been getting higher with every Olympics.
“It is definitely thrilling that in precisely one 12 months’s time, we will likely be in Tokyo with the very best of the athletes from around the globe. I’ve been a part of two Olympic Video games up to now, so I’ve gotten used to the massive stage. Nonetheless, there’s at all times going to be a contact of nervousness floating round among the many gamers as we begin the one-year countdown,” stated Manpreet.
“The 2012 Olympic Video games was definitely a disastrous marketing campaign for us, however will probably be particular for me because it was my first Olympics.
“We went to the 2016 Olympic Video games with a significantly better aspect and put up a greater efficiency, however we did not obtain our desired outcome there. We’re definitely seeking to up the ante in Tokyo,” added the 28-year-old.
Indian males’s hockey crew final gained a gold medal in hockey in 1980 in Moscow Olympics. Since then, they’ve participated in eight Olympic editions however have did not make a podium end.
The skipper added that the Indian crew has an excellent probability to win a medal on the Olympics subsequent 12 months.
“Trying on the means our squad has been performing within the final 12 months, we definitely have an excellent probability to win a medal on the Olympics. Everybody is obvious about their roles within the aspect and we have now sufficient time to evolve as a crew as effectively.
“We’re undoubtedly on observe for reaching our desired outcome within the upcoming Olympics. We simply need to maintain concentrating on finishing up the processes effectively and the outcomes will deal with itself,” stated Manpreet.
Ladies’s crew captain Rani expressed that the nationwide aspect definitely could make the nation proud on the Olympics subsequent 12 months.
“We’ve competed towards high groups within the current previous and we have now proven that our crew has the aptitude of successful a medal and making our nation proud on the Olympics.
“We’ve an excellent group of skilled gamers, who’re guiding the junior gamers very effectively. Our crew has been getting higher with every match we have now performed and we will certainly enhance our recreation even additional within the subsequent one 12 months,” stated the 25-year-old.
The Indian eves have by no means been in a position to win a medal in Olympics. In Moscow Video games in 1980, the crew completed fourth whereas in Rio Video games in 2016, they completed on the 12th spot.
Talking about her participation on the Rio Olympics, Rani stated that the expertise will assist her make higher choices on the Tokyo Olympics.
“It was nice to be part of the Olympics in Rio. We made historical past by qualifying for the match after 36 years. It was a terrific feeling to be enjoying on the largest of phases. Regardless that we did not register the very best of outcomes, I’ve definitely realized so much by enjoying the Olympic Video games matches in 2016,” stated Rani.
“I’m positive all of the gamers, who performed within the 2016 Olympics, will make significantly better choices on the pitch on the Tokyo Olympics, primarily based on their expertise in Rio,” she added.