Bengaluru, September 18
Equal alternatives like the lads’s hockey group and a strong junior program have been main contributing components within the improved efficiency of the ladies’s nationwide facet, feels skipper Rani.
The Indian ladies’s hockey group has loved a spate of fine ends in high tournaments lately, together with successful the silver medal on the 2018 Asian Games and qualifying for back-to-back Olympics.
“I believe our improved performance has a lot to do with the professional system laid out by the Federation. We have a good junior program too which identifies talented players,” mentioned Rani.
The skipper mentioned the transition of younger gamers into the senior facet had been a clean one, including that competing in additional worldwide tournaments gives the appropriate publicity to the group.
“Young talent like Lalremsiami and Salima Tete who won the silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Buenos Aires have made a very smooth transition into the senior program.”
“Ensuring we (women’s team) also play equal or number of international tournaments as the men’s team gives us right exposure that adds to the confidence of these youngsters,” she added.
Rani, who grew to become the primary girl hockey participant to win the Khel Ratna award final month, mentioned she continued to inspire her group to carry out nicely on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
“Look at how lives of PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have modified after doing nicely on the Olympic Games. They aren’t solely sporting icons within the nation however they’re additionally self-sufficient, impartial ladies and it is due to their achievements in sports activities.
“I wish similar success for our team and we are working towards it. We have that fire and hunger to excel and we know doing well at the Olympics will change our lives for the better,” Rani added.
Encouraging kids to pursue hockey, Rani mentioned the game had made members of her group financially impartial at a really younger age and so they have been in a greater place to maintain their households’ wants.
“I think 10 years or 15 years ago if someone said, we will take up hockey as a career they would either laugh or bluntly ask us how that will help make a living. But things have changed drastically in the sport now,” she mentioned. PTI