Success in Argentina a confidence booster, however final aim stays Olympic podium, says Manpreet Singh

Success in Argentina a confidence booster, however final aim stays Olympic podium, says Manpreet Singh

Eight-time champions India wish to finish an over four-decade-long Olympic medal drought in Tokyo this yr

Success in Argentina a confidence booster, but ultimate goal remains Olympic podium, says Manpreet Singh

File picture of Indian males’s hockey crew skipper Manpreet Singh. Hockey India

Buenos Aires: The Indian males’s hockey crew skipper Manpreet Singh considers the latest success in opposition to reigning Olympic champions Argentina a giant confidence-booster, however insists that the crew nonetheless wants to handle some gray areas because it pursues a podium end in Tokyo.

Eight-time champions India wish to finish an over four-decade-long Olympic medal drought in Tokyo this yr. India had gained the final of their eight Olympic gold medals within the 1980 Moscow Video games earlier than the crew endured a pointy slide in its fortunes.

“Little doubt successful in opposition to a very robust crew like Argentina of their dwelling floor is a giant confidence booster, however we should not learn an excessive amount of into the outcomes.

“We have to maintain our heads down and stay targeted on the areas that require enchancment on the premise of our efficiency right here. Our activity will not be over till we stand on the rostrum in Tokyo,” Manpreet stated in a press release issued by Hockey India.

Within the Argentina tour that concluded on Wednesday, India defeated the hosts in a two-leg FIH Professional League away tie, apart from registering two wins, one draw and a loss within the 4 follow matches.

“After the matches, we really feel there are a couple of areas we have to enhance upon. Whereas we did nicely as a crew to come back again into the sport even within the dying minutes of the match, we really feel we might have began higher,” Manpreet stated.

“Additionally taking part in constantly, maintaining the stress on the opponents in all quarters is one other space we have to work on.”

India are scheduled to play Nice Britain within the FIH Professional League on Might 8 and 9 in London adopted by a double header in opposition to Spain in Valencia on 15 and 16 Might.

After that, the Indians will play Germany in Hamburg on 22 and 23 Might.

“It was nice to renew the FIH Hockey Professional League with 5 factors from Argentina and we want to maintain this momentum going into the matches in Europe. These matches will certainly be a litmus take a look at for us earlier than Tokyo,” Manpreet stated.

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