The Indian men’s hockey team has not won a medal in the Olympic Games since 1980, but this time in Tokyo, it is expected that the team will win the medal.
PR Sreejesh is counted among the best goalkeepers in the world (Pic Credit PR Sreejesh Twitter)
India has a good history of hockey in the Olympic Games. The team has won eight gold medals but hockey teams have not been able to repeat this success since 1980. This time under the captaincy of Manpreet Singh, the Indian men’s hockey team will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games and it is expected that this time the country’s medal drought will end. The experienced player of the team and one of the best goalkeepers in the world, PR. Sreejesh (PR Sreejesh) has said about the team’s preparations that the groundwork had started two years ago and in the meantime the time that the team got in the national camp in the lockdown due to COVID proved to be a peep inside for its players. happen.
Sreejesh said these things in the AIFF TV show hosted by Aditi Chauhan, the goalkeeper of the Indian women’s football team. Sreejesh said on AIFF TV, “Our preparations started almost two years ago after the end of the World Cup in Odisha. We started our campaign for the Olympics at the same time. Luckily, or unfortunately, we got an extra year, so this time the preparation is a little different.”
are camping here
Sreejesh further said, “Usually we travel a lot, and play a lot of practice matches, but this time we are camping in Bengaluru for the last one and a half years. We hardly have any time to meet our families. We are working hard, and we are working on different strategies, analyzing our opponents too.
work on your shortcomings
The Indian men’s hockey team, which is currently ranked fourth in the FIH world rankings, has been placed in Pool A in the Olympics along with hosts Japan, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. However, the Indian goalkeeper said that this time preparing for the Olympics has been more than a journey for the boys to know themselves. Sreejesh said, “Whenever any team has played a match, we are watching, we have also seen our own videos and tried to find out our strengths and weaknesses. These one and a half years we have done a lot about knowing ourselves rather than worrying about others.
Women’s team also appreciated
On the other hand, the Indian women’s hockey team is also gearing up for Pool A matches. He is ranked 10th in the FIH world rankings. Sreejesh believes that there is a good atmosphere in the women’s team, and they can prove to the world that they are the best. Said Sreejesh, “They (women’s hockey team) are very experienced. I believe wherever they go they have a good atmosphere and they will prove that they are one of the best teams. They are playing well, and if they keep it up in the Olympics, they can win.
players feel pressure
Sreejesh believes that the Olympics is a celebration of various sports. Athletes also feel the pressure after reaching the big stage. He says, “You always go to the Olympics with a lot of expectations – the expectations from the fans and the expectations from your family. Especially your family, because they want their child to achieve something there. The thing is, those who perform well on a particular day become the champions.”
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