Drag-flicker Varun Kumar believes that the Indian hockey workforce’s one-month break from the game will assist the gamers recharge their batteries for the challenges forward, the key one being subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics. The Indian hockey workforce was held up at Bengaluru’s Sports activities Authority of India for greater than two months as a result of COVID-19 lockdown. The gamers have been not too long ago given a month’s break after lockdown restrictions have been eased.
“I see this era at house as one the place we are going to get the prospect to rejuvenate ourselves, and restart every little thing from scratch conserving in thoughts that we have to be peaking through the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to begin in July 2021,” the 24-year-old mentioned. “It’s not at all times about how contemporary you might be bodily, however there may be additionally a variety of deal with psychological points.
“I really feel this break has offered us with the chance to relaxation our minds, by spending some high quality time with our households. This actually helps you in simply taking your thoughts off the game generally.”
The 2016 Junior Cup profitable defender couldn’t play within the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers final 12 months attributable to nerve injury to his proper arm. He has not represented the nation since recuperating and recovering from the minor harm.
“It’s undoubtedly troublesome for me as a result of I haven’t been in a position to make the comeback to aggressive hockey but, however as issues stand, everybody’s security and well being takes centre-stage,” he mentioned. “I’m simply being very affected person and ensuring that I’m sustaining my health ranges so that when we resume the game, I can get into the rhythm of taking part in very quickly.”
Kumar mentioned lifting the Junior World Cup in Lucknow stays his fondest sporting second until date. “Throughout the lockdown, I’ve had the prospect to mirror on my journey with Indian workforce, and I really feel actually proud to have received the Junior World Cup in 2016, it was among the finest moments of my taking part in profession,” he mentioned.
“I haven’t actually had the prospect to mirror, nevertheless it was good to essentially sit with individuals like Krishan (Pathak), Harmanpreet (Singh) and Mandeep (Singh) who skilled that journey with me. “Now we have spoken about how far we’ve since then, and it simply provides you extra confidence to realize higher issues in your nation in future.”