Determination to win mixed with intensive international publicity has contributed to the Indian girls’s hockey team’s improved efficiency, in accordance to former star Deepika Thakur, who foresees a top-four end for the aspect on the Tokyo Olympics.
The Indian girls’s hockey group has loved good ends in high tournaments not too long ago, together with profitable the silver medal on the 2018 Asian Games and qualifying for back-to-back Olympics.
“The women’s team are determined to show that they too can win tournaments like the men’s team. We have won the 2017 Asia Cup, entered the quarter finals in the World Cup in London, won silver at the 2018 Asian Games,” Thakur mentioned.
“I think these are all great results and collective work by coaching staff and the federation. I feel Hockey India has ensured the women’s team gets fantastic exposure at the international level and planning the ACTC (Annual Calendar for Training and Competition) accordingly has been critical in the team’s resurgence,” she added.
Thakur, who was part of the Indian group on the Rio Olympics and likewise a major contributor to profitable the Asian Champions Trophy title in 2016, feels the aspect can bounce again when international competitions resume.
“I certainly believe the team can bounce back. They were in good rhythm after winning back-to-back tournaments last year and they had done well in New Zealand earlier this year.
“This group is hungry to obtain success on the highest stage and therefore I’m positive as soon as competitions resume, they may bounce again and do all the pieces of their capability to end high four in Tokyo,” she said.
“Five years in the past, when you would ask me whether or not the ladies’s group had it in them to break into the highest 10 rating on the planet, my reply might not have been a positive sure,” she conceded.
Thakur feels the team should remain motivated and focused on its goal of doing well at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“The present Indian aspect could be very dedicated and centered. But when you might have to be in nationwide camps with out competitors it’s straightforward to really feel much less motivated.
“Also, without competition, it is difficult to assess improvement. Hence, I would say it is a very crucial time for the team and each player should have her own yardstick and must work on raising the bar,” she mentioned.