- The Indian Men’s & Indian Women’s Hockey Teams are at the moment in National Camp at SAI Campus in Bengaluru.
- The Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed to 2021.
Modified 25 Mar 2020, 00:33 IST
New Delhi, 24 March 2020: Following the rising considerations across the COVID-19 pandemic and the announcement collectively made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee at the moment to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021, Hockey India at the moment confirmed that they are going to be working carefully with the Chief Coaches of each the Indian Men’s and Indian Women’s Hockey groups so as to work out on a brand new appropriate schedule for each the groups to maintain the continued preparations on monitor for the quadrennial occasion.
“We have knowledgeable the Chief Coaches in regards to the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Of course there’s a sense of disappointment however the Covid-19 scenario is unprecedented and has impacted the complete world. We will, nonetheless, proceed our pursuit together with the Indian Olympic Association, Ministry, Youth Affairs & Sports and Sports Authority of India to obtain success on the Olympic Games and our objectives stay unchanged. We will do all the pieces in our capability to supply one of the best competitors and coaching alternatives for each our groups within the lead up to the Olympic Games,” said Hockey India President Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad.
Both the Indian Men’s & Indian Women’s Hockey Teams are at the moment in National Camp on the Sports Authority of India Campus in Bengaluru, and Hockey India, after session with the Sports Authority of India, will maintain a gathering with the Chief Coaches of each groups, so as to map out a coaching and fixture schedule for the groups who have been to participate within the Olympic Games in July-August this 12 months.
“It may be very disappointing that the Olympics is not going to go forward in 2020, however given the unprecedented circumstances dealing with the world at current, it’s completely comprehensible and anticipated. I really feel sorry for all of the athletes who’ve devoted the final four years of their life for this, nonetheless postponement relatively than cancellation will give most of them sufficient motivation to proceed to push via this robust interval,” expressed Indian Men’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Graham Reid,
He additional added, “The constructive on this scenario for us is that we now have one other 12 months to work with this younger squad. We are fortunate that SAI has offered us with a protected setting and that we will proceed to practice. Unlike many different international locations, there is no such thing as a time misplaced for us. We will now rework our program and be ready for International competitors as quickly as restrictions are lifted. I believe the current FIH Hockey Pro League video games towards the highest three groups on the planet confirmed that we’re aggressive. I’m excited to take into consideration what this staff can do with one other 12 months beneath its belt.”
Meanwhile, the Indian Women’s Team Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne mentioned the ladies’ motivation is undeterred by the information of the postponement of the Olympic Games. He mentioned, “I simply had a gathering with the staff and broke this information to the group. Though it’s disappointing, the ladies instructed me, ‘It’s okay, Coach. We will proceed to work the way in which we’re and this in all probability provides us extra time to put together for the Olympic Games and be our greatest.’ Clearly, the ladies’ motivation is undeterred by this announcement and we are going to proceed to take a look at the positives and work exhausting to be our greatest. I’m positive as soon as the scenario round Covid-19 improves, we are going to sit down with Hockey India administration to plan out a contemporary calendar for the preparations main up to the Olympics subsequent 12 months.”
Published 25 Mar 2020, 00:33 IST
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