Sardar Singh, former captain of the Indian males’s hockey crew, is assured that the Manpreet Singh-led can finish the medal drought and make a podium end on the Tokyo Olympics.India final gained a gold in Hockey in 1980 in Moscow Olympics. Since then, they’ve participated in eight Olympic editions however have did not make a podium end.
“Having performed 314 worldwide matches, I’ll at all times remorse not with the ability to add an Olympic medal on the wall again dwelling,” Sardar was quoted as saying by Hockey India.
“But watching this crew develop from energy to energy up to now yr and the way in which they performed the FIH Hockey Pro League earlier this yr, I’ve nice hope that they will bag that elusive Olympic medal. They positively have a practical probability in Tokyo.
“Playing the Olympic Games for India must be the only most motivating issue for each athlete they usually should channel their efforts to be the most effective they are often forward of the Tokyo Olympic Games,” he added.
The Tokyo Olympics have been scheduled to be performed this yr however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been postponed until summer season of 2021.
The former Indian captain believes that with the Olympics being postponed by an yr, the crew has obtained further time to work on their short-comings.
“The subsequent one yr will probably be extraordinarily essential for this crew. They have the time to construct on the brand new expertise that’s obtainable. Some of the kids like Rajkumar, Dilpreet, Vivek Sagar, Gursahib have proven nice promise and attempting them in big-match eventualities just like the Pro League was an excellent choice by Chief Coach Graham Reid,” stated Sardar.
“With the Olympics being postponed, we’ve got the time to work on our short-comings. Converting probabilities continues to be one of many gray areas however I really feel we’ve got been ending a lot better than we have been two or three years in the past.”
The Indian crew had made an emphatic begin to their maiden Hockey Pro League marketing campaign earlier this yr with a 5-2 and 3-3 (3-1) win towards the Netherlands, adopted by a 2-1 win and 3-Four loss towards World Champions Belgium and 3-Four loss and 2-2 (3-1) win towards Australia earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic halted the competitors.
They will now resume their marketing campaign within the 2020 season after they play Argentina on April 10 and 11 subsequent yr within the revamped schedule. They will then face Great Britain away from dwelling on May eight and 9 earlier than travelling to Spain to play matches on May 12 and 13. The crew will tackle Germany in away matches on May 18 and 19 earlier than lastly taking part in a house tie on May 29 and 30 towards New Zealand.
“Good matches within the Pro League subsequent yr towards Argentina, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and New Zealand ought to set the ball rolling for us and this may positively be an excellent litmus check earlier than the Olympic marketing campaign begins,” stated the 34-year-old.