Indian ladies hockey workforce’s younger midfielder Salima Tete feels an additional 12 months offers the facet numerous time to enhance its recreation forward of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-member core probables for the Olympic Video games are at the moment stationed on the SAI Centre right here the place they proceed to deal with particular person health routine and exercise in isolation.
“There’s numerous scope to enhance our recreation within the subsequent one 12 months and by specializing in our health throughout the lockdown, we’re in form to re-start coaching as soon as all that is over,” Tete stated.
“We’re mentally ready to work arduous and face any challenges that come our method in our preparations for the Olympic Video games,” she added.
The Tokyo Video games have been pushed again by a 12 months because of the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
Having debuted for India in early 2017 towards Belarus, Tete grew to become a younger prodigy who was touted to be the subsequent large factor in Indian hockey.
Nevertheless, the 19-year-old struggled to impress in her first outing and it was not till final 12 months that she grew to become an everyday within the senior squad.
“I lacked confidence once I performed for the senior workforce in 2017. I used to be scared and that mirrored in my recreation. It was not a memorable debut for me,” she admitted.
She led the facet within the Youth Olympic Video games in Buenos Aires in 2018 alongside her deputy Siami Lalremsiami.
“It was on the third Youth Olympic Video games the place I actually stepped up my recreation. Siami and I’d inform ourselves earlier than each match that we now have to steer the workforce from the entrance in order that the remainder of the squad would play with confidence. I really feel the expertise I gained from this multi-discipline occasion was a turning level.”
Tete’s efficiency in Buenos Aires the place the workforce gained the silver medal was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who applauded her efforts.
Tete, who’s from a small hamlet in Simdega district, Jharkhand has since proved her potential within the Indian workforce, with Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne usually trusting her with vital function within the midfield and within the backline.”
The seniors within the workforce have actually helped me enhance my efficiency. They continually speak to me and encourage me particularly once we play large groups like Australia, Spain or Japan.
“The 12 months 2019 in particular was extraordinarily good for the ladies’s workforce and we now have been on the proper path.”