Anxious to change the shade of the Tokyo bronze, the Indian men’s hockey group is currently focussing on straightforwardly fitting the bill for the Paris Olympics by winning following year’s Asian Games, says youthful midfielder Hardik Singh.
The Manpreet Singh-drove Indian group had finished a 41-year-old significant delay for an Olympic decoration when it secured the bronze at the Tokyo Games the month before.
With the immeasurably significant Asian Games planned to be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from September 10 to 25 one year from now, the group’s first concern will be to meet all requirements for the Paris Olympics by winning the gold at the mainland competition.
“We are anxious to start our mission for gold at the Paris Olympics. We should move toward bit by bit, and our initial step will be to qualify straightforwardly for the Olympic Games 2024 by winning Gold at the 2022 Asian Games,” Hardik said in a Hockey India media discharge.
“Then, at that point, in 2023, we have another marquee occasion Hockey World Cup, which will be played in Odisha, so there are testing and energizing occasions ahead, and we are anticipating it,” he added.
The 22-year-old, who was one of the critical figures in the Indian midfield, scored two pivotal objectives in his presentation Olympic Games in Tokyo.
When gotten some information about the explanation for India’s prosperity at the Tokyo Olympics, Hardik said, “We are a very close group, and I believe that was our greatest strength at the Olympics. We have shaped an exceptional bond, and we had the option to dominate the best out of one another abilities.
“After the baffling outcome against Australia, we sat together and transparently addressed each other with regards to what turned out badly and what we expected to do in the impending matches to set up a greatly improved presentation. That truly helped us a great deal to bob back and at last win the award for the country.”
He scored an essential field objective in the quarterfinal match against England, which assisted the group with entering the decoration adjusts at the Olympics after over forty years.
While reviewing the notorious objective, the youthful firearm said, “It was a group objective, our protection line stayed together to hold the 2-1 lead at an exceptionally essential period of the game as we were down to 10 men.
“Harmanpreet handled the ball all around well, he then, at that point, passed it to me, and I had open space to infiltrate into the striking circle, despite the fact that my shot skiped off the goalkeeper’s cushion, fortunately I got the bounce back, and tracked down the rear of the net.