Indian hockey team focus on physical and mental fitness ahead of Olympics
Indian men’s hockey team defender Jarmanpreet Singh has highlighted the importance of mental fitness as the team prepares for the Tokyo Olympics amid the covid-19 pandemic.
The 24-year-old trained at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) center in Bengaluru as part of the senior base group ahead of the Olympics.
“I think mental form is as important as physical form in dealing with current situations. A player has to be mentally strong, and for that we have helped each other,” he said.
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India were supposed to play the away matches of the FIH Pro League against UK, Spain and Germany this month, but this was postponed due to travel restrictions imposed as a result an increase in covid-19 cases.
“We communicate with each other, we try to create a positive environment for everyone to stay in a happy zone. I think there is a really good team cohesion because of that, which has us. helped in our preparations for the Olympics, ”he said.
When asked how he is preparing for the Tokyo Games, Jarmanpreet said: “I just focus on giving my best and trying to improve every day in training. . I have set myself a challenge: I must continue to reduce my margin of Error. “
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Jarmanpreet, who made his national team debut in 2018, said he was lucky to have had the support of senior players throughout his career. “I am very lucky and grateful to all the senior players as well as the coaches because they knew about my past (the two year doping ban in 2015), they knew I was coming back after a long time. They guided me and me motivated. me. “
Jarmanpreet says he also took advantage of the roommate with Kothajit Singh during training. “We talk about hockey off the field, and that has helped me improve as a player. “