File Pic: Indian males’s hockey workforce throughout a coaching session. (TOI Photograph)
NEW DELHI: Former India captain V Baskaran believes the present nationwide males’s hockey workforce shouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into the outcomes on the Hockey Professional League and may somewhat give attention to executing their plans on the sphere throughout subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics had been scheduled to be performed this 12 months however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve been postponed until summer season of 2021.
Indian males’s hockey workforce final gained a gold medal in hockey within the 1980 Moscow Olympics and it was below the management of Baskaran. Since then, they’ve participated in eight Olympic editions however have didn’t make a podium end.
“…each single participant wants to offer his minimal 80 per cent if not 100. Each workforce on the Olympics involves win and they’re going to do all the pieces they will to cease you from giving your 100 per cent,” Baskaran was quoted as saying by Hockey India.
“Podium finishes can not occur with simply 4-5 gamers giving their 80 per cent and the remaining giving their 60 per cent.
“Each single participant must be constant and for the Indian males’s workforce the chief coach Graham Reid has pointed this out a number of occasions,” he added.
The Indian workforce had made an emphatic begin to their maiden Hockey Professional League marketing campaign earlier this 12 months with a 5-2 and 3-3 (3-1) win in opposition to the Netherlands, adopted by a 2-1 win and 3-Four loss in opposition to World Champions Belgium and 3-Four loss and 2-2 (3-1) win in opposition to Australia earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic halted the competitors.
They’ll now resume their marketing campaign after they play Argentina on April 10 and 11 subsequent 12 months within the revamped schedule. They’ll then face Nice Britain away from dwelling on Might eight and 9 earlier than travelling to Spain to play matches on Might 12 and 13. The workforce will tackle Germany in away matches on Might 18 and 19 earlier than lastly enjoying a house tie on Might 29 and 30 in opposition to New Zealand.
“Whereas enjoying in Hockey Professional League in opposition to high groups it should set good momentum forward of the Olympic Video games, my recommendation is that the workforce shouldn’t learn an excessive amount of into the outcomes,” cautioned Baskaran.
“Olympics shall be a really totally different stage in comparison with the Hockey Professional League and every participant shall be enjoying about 200 minutes of play on common with again to again matches,” he added.
In the meantime, the 69-year-old additionally stated that the ladies’s workforce can obtain success too and finish the medal drought in Tokyo.
The Indian eves have by no means been in a position to win a medal within the prestigious quadrennial occasion. Within the Moscow Video games in 1980, the workforce completed fourth whereas in Rio Video games in 2016, they completed on the 12th spot.
“Since I’ve watched this ladies’s workforce carefully too, I really feel they’ve nice potential to do nicely. They’ve proven good outcomes in opposition to high groups in these previous few years they usually can certainly be the darkish horse within the match.
“I really feel for each the women and men’s workforce, execution is the important thing. They’ve the expertise, they should execute to perfection. In the event that they do, they will certainly end on the rostrum,” he added.