COVID-19 episode made me mentally stronger, says hockey skipper Manpreet

Bengaluru, September 15

India hockey skipper Manpreet Singh says going by a anxious isolation interval whereas recovering from coronavirus has made him a mentally robust participant who’s now outfitted to deal with any state of affairs on the sphere.

Manpreet was one of many six hockey gamers to check optimistic for COVID-19 on the staff’s coaching base in Bengaluru final month after they arrived for the nationwide camp.

Having began their particular person periods after recovering, Manpreet mentioned they nonetheless miss being a part of the remainder of the squad, though Hockey India, Sports Authority of India and assist staffs are doing their finest to maintain them upbeat. 

“Hockey India officers would test on us virtually each day if the meals being supplied is sweet, if our tele-treatment was completed often, if we’re monitoring our oxygen ranges often and so forth.

“Coaching staff and teammates too would check on us through video calls. These things really helped us remain upbeat. Though it did sting a little to know all our teammates were back on the pitch while we were still in isolation, I feel this experience has made me mentally tougher to face any situation,” the skipper mentioned.

Recollecting the time spent on the hospital, the star midfielder mentioned it was mentally robust for him and remainder of the contaminated gamers to stay in isolation.

“It was not easy, especially mentally. I have not done anything for a month and that’s a long time in a sportsperson’s career especially when every day is about improving and being the best,” Manpreet mentioned. 

“To be honest, initially when the results came out, we were slightly stressed. (But) we received best facilities in the hospital with SAI constantly checking with the medical team there of our well-being.”     

“While SAI is putting together a post-recovery action plan to ensure smooth return to sports activities, chief coach (Graham Reid) engages in one-on-one pep talk with us that gives us confidence of returning to old form soon,” he mentioned.

“Our scientific advisor Robin Arkel has been a great support too since the COVID-19 pandemic began.” PTI


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