Bangalore, Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh says that his team is looking forward to 2022 with a slew of big events lined up for the team that will prepare them for the Asian Games and give them an opportunity to try out different combinations. India scripted history by winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics and will now fight for the Paris Olympics at the 19th Asian Games to be held in China later this year.
“This year is going to be quite exciting with back-to-back tournaments throughout the year. We start the season with FIH Hockey Pro League matches in February. After almost two years, we will return to our favorite venue in Bhubaneswar where we Spain will play double-header matches against Germany, Argentina and England,” Manpreet said in a Hockey India release.
The team will report for the national coaching camp at SAI, Bengaluru today after a short break after their exit from the Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka. Manpreet said that this camp will be important to assess their performance of last year and plan for the coming year.
“It was a really nice ten day break for all of us, spending some quality time with our families. I think we are feeling mentally refreshed and ready for the challenge ahead. We look forward to 2021 We will assess our performance in the head coach and support staff and we will also prepare a road map for 2022.”
Apart from a decent outing in the FIH Hockey Pro League that runs till June this year, India will look to seal a berth for the Paris Olympics by finishing first in the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
“Asian Games will undoubtedly be the biggest event for us this year. Asian Champions Trophy was a good tournament to see the progress of other Asian teams and what we got to see, of course the competition in Asian Games will be quite tough. As with all Teams will be competing to make the cut in the Olympics,” he said.
He added, “I think FIH Hockey Pro League will help us gain some good match experience ahead of the Asian Games. Additionally, I think FIH Hockey Pro League matches will give us a great opportunity to try out different combinations going forward. . Asian Games.”
The Men’s Asia Cup is also scheduled for 2022, where India will defend the title and the Commonwealth Games are also scheduled to take place in July. With the busy season approaching, Manpreet stressed on the importance of staying mentally fit.
“It is very important for us to be mentally refreshed from tournament-to-tournament. Having faced the challenges of training and playing at Bio-Bubble, we have been tough together and I feel that the team and support staff collectively Will pay dearly. Pay more attention to mental health.”
Manpreet concluded, “Overall, we look forward to 2022 and wish all hockey fans a great year and urge everyone to follow all COVID protocols, wear masks and stay safe.”
First published:January 3, 2022, 5:32 PM