Sumit (Photo Credit: @SportsinAP)

Indian Hockey Staff Participant Sumit

Sumit (Photo Credit: @SportsinAP)

Sumit (Photograph Credit score: @SportsinAP)

Sumit mentioned the Indian males’s hockey crew was nonetheless eyeing a prime Three end on the Olympics regardless of the coronavirus lockdown slowing issues down.

  • PTI
  • Final Up to date: April 24, 2020, 12:59 PM IST

Bengaluru: Indian hockey midfielder Sumit on Friday mentioned it’s going to take time for the crew to get again to the “glorious rhythm” it had earlier than the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown.

Sumit mentioned the crew continues to be upbeat after its spectacular efficiency in opposition to the world’s prime three groups within the FIH Hockey Professional League, which has been placed on maintain as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. The crew is at present on the Sports activities Authority of India Centre right here.

“That is most likely the primary time that now we have not skilled hockey in so lengthy. We had been in glorious rhythm when coaching was suspended attributable to lockdown. Getting again to that tremendous rhythm will take a while however since we’re centered on sustaining health, we’re in a greater place than lots of our opponents,” Sumit mentioned.

“Olympics is the final word dream and the postponement has not modified our perception of a top-Three end. Now we have self perception after performing effectively in opposition to the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. Each single participant within the core group believes we will end in prime Three in Olympics.”

The teen recalled that the crew was in the course of intense coaching when the nation-wide lockdown attributable to COVID-19 pandemic abruptly halted their coaching.

“However the crew feels we’re higher off in SAI Centre, Bengaluru the place we nonetheless get to come back out of our rooms and use working observe and do core workouts. I am unable to think about being caught at residence in Haryana with no choice for any fundamental health coaching,” mentioned Sumit, who performed a key position in India’s match in opposition to the Netherlands on the FIH Hockey Professional League.

“From right here on, within the lead as much as the Olympics subsequent 12 months it is essential to remain match and keep injury-free,” mentioned the participant who was out of motion for almost six months final 12 months after a wrist harm in the course of the FIH Collection Last in Bhubaneswar.

Sumit was additionally part of the 2016 Junior World Cup profitable squad and he attributed that triumph to self-belief of the crew.

“I keep in mind after we gained the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2014 and steadily saved bettering efficiency within the lead as much as the FIH Males’s Junior World Cup in 2016, the crew had began believing that we will win the Gold. That self-belief and perspective is what finally helped us win the title.”

Sumit, who suffered a hamstring harm forward of the FIH Professional League matches in opposition to Australia earlier this 12 months, mentioned the lockdown gave the gamers extra time with head coach Graham Reid.

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