‘It’s a brand new starting for Indian hockey’: Dilpreet Singh on Olympic bronze medal

The Indian hockey workforce stored its morale excessive regardless of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the historic bronze medal profitable feat on the Tokyo Olympics is simply just the start of a brand new period, stated younger striker Dilpreet Singh on Wednesday.

The Indian males’s workforce had ended a 41-year-old lengthy watch for an Olympic medal when it clinched the bronze on the Tokyo Video games final month. “All of us labored so onerous to attain this feat. We by no means let any difficulties in the course of the pandemic have an effect on our morale. The seniors performed an enormous half in encouraging us continually and making us really feel like we are able to do that,” he stated in a launch issued by Hockey India (HI).

“I really consider that this can be a new starting. All of us need to obtain extra, and we would like individuals to provide us extra love and proceed to help us. “And for this to occur, we all know we should persistently carry out effectively at main tournaments. We’re mentally ready for it,” the 21-years-old added.

Dilpreet has had a dream run to date with the Indian workforce. Ever since his grand outing within the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2017 the place the India Colts gained the Bronze Medal, Dilpreet’s profession has soared to new heights. He was called-up for the senior camp and shortly turned a part of the workforce in nearly each main event since 2018 together with the Commonwealth Video games, Asian Video games in addition to the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

“I really feel so lucky to be a part of this unimaginable group and sure, I do consider I’ve been fortunate to have had such a fantastic begin to my worldwide profession,” he stated. The younger ahead from Punjab stated the help he acquired significantly when he was dropped from the senior workforce following the 2018 FIH males’s World Cup the place the workforce was knocked out within the quarterfinals turned the turning level of his profession.

“Trying again, absolutely that was not a straightforward interval for me. Perhaps, I couldn’t deal with the success of attending to play in such main tournaments so early in my profession. I used to be hardly 18 or 19 years outdated then,” he stated. “The junior workforce coaches guided me all by 2019 and I additionally labored carefully with the psychologist in SAI, Bengaluru at the moment.

“After chief coach Graham Reid took over, he watched me throughout coaching and spoke to me personally and that motivated me so much. After I obtained an opportunity to return again to the Senior Group, there was no trying again.”

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