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Former India hockey player VR Raghunath says current team better prepared for Games than Rio-Sports News , Happy Easterday

Former India hockey participant VR Raghunath says present group higher ready for Video games than Rio-Sports activities Information , Comfortable Easterday

On the Olympics, it’s all about profitable these shut video games, stated Raghunath, who’s presently the vice-president of Karnataka Hockey Affiliation.

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

Bengaluru: Veteran India dragflicker VR Raghunath thinks that the present group is best ready for the Olympics than the aspect which completed eighth within the earlier version in Rio de Janerio.

India had misplaced to Belgium within the quarterfinals within the 2016 Summer season Video games. Raghunath is just not within the record of Olympic probables this time.

“The Canada match which we drew price us in 2016. That outcome put us in a unique qualification group. However I really feel the present batch of gamers can deal with the Olympics rather a lot higher.

“The identical batch of gamers have been round for seven-eight years now, they’re in contact with European gamers.

They will carry out a lot better than Rio,” stated Raghunath in a Hockey India launch.

On the Olympics, it’s all about profitable these shut video games, stated Raghunath, who’s presently the vice-president of Karnataka Hockey Affiliation.

“It comes down to 1 or two matches and the way you get your rhythm proper within the area. I’ve seen groups protecting it easy and taking part in with a free thoughts. I would inform the gamers to not suppose a lot concerning the event.

“The gamers are in the identical age group and have been quarantined collectively for a very long time so they’re conversant in one another and have been profitable Professional League video games as nicely.

“Gamers like Rupinder and Manpreet have been round within the earlier version as nicely. They’ve lined each space nicely,” the 32-year-old added.

The previous Asian Video games champion was filled with reward for present vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who took over drag-flick duties from Raghunath.

“Harman had instantly arrived after the U-21 World Cup win. There have been directions from the coaches to take him beneath our wing; to guard him a minimum of for 30-40 matches in order that he might get an concept of what worldwide hockey is all about. We guided him and he grasped issues in a short time.

“We might see the ends in simply 3-4 months. He began scoring as nicely. Rupinder Pal Singh and I attempted to deal with him like a brother and never as a participant. Our coaches have moulded us in such a means that the juniors are comfy across the seniors.

“He has come a great distance over the past 4 years, and I really feel, he has one other 8-10 years of worldwide Hockey in him. Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas have additionally entered the combo. That is good for Indian hockey as we’re not certain when a participant might be down with an damage.”

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Updated: May 31, 2021 — 8:08 am

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