Former Indian ice hockey player Virus Rasquinha on the Indian medal prospects at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the men’s hockey team’s chances of a good run and more.
File image of Rasquinha virus. Twitter @ virenrasquinha
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been plagued by COVID-19 since March 2020, and the IOC has been working hard to find solutions to the ubiquitous pandemic. Even now, a year after the original launch date, the Games have tons of vaccines and a biobubble for the Games, and cases of COVID-19 have continued to occur at the Games.
While the current situation for the athletes, who will be competing in what is possibly the biggest competition of their lives is far from ideal, former Indian ice hockey player Virus Rasquinha advised them to keep focusing on what they could control, saying « sport is unpredictable ». , life is unpredictable. Athletes now need to put all their energy into what they can control themselves, such as masking themselves, using disinfectants, observing social distancing and all rules and protocols. «
» You need to focus on getting yourself well on the tournament prepare and ensure that their training, regeneration and diet are up to date. I think an athlete shouldn’t worry too much about everything else, « said Rasquinha during an interaction with journalists on Tuesday.
Rasquinha emphasized how difficult these Olympic Games are for the athletes due to all the interruptions due to COVID- 19 and said, « It will undoubtedly be a very difficult Olympiad. This whole cycle has been very difficult for the players, training programs have been hit so badly by COVID-19, especially during the second wave. It was tough for everyone. «
» Also in March 2020, when the pandemic broke out for the first time, there was an enormous loss of motivation for the athletes as it happened so shortly before the original date of the Olympic Games. Athletes are best when they have a set schedule and can look forward to “training and exercising. Also with regard to the competition, almost nothing has changed, so that they had difficulties in the first few months. The athletes had to massively adapt to the new attitudes, « said Rasquinha.
However, given all the obstacles that COVID-19 has raised, Rasquinha also cited the importance of making the Games as smooth and safe as possible run, and said, « I really pray and hope the Olympics stay on schedule. and moves smoothly. Honestly, there is no doubt to me that it is the greatest sporting event in the world. Athletes work so hard and for years they sacrifice so much for this event. I think it really changes lives. «
» Look at Mary Kom, she had won everything else in her sport but when she won that Olympic medal things changed for her. PV Sindhu is another great example. I am sure that Saina won a medal in 2012 which gave her the belief to do it herself. These athletes inspire so many across the country. I wonder what will happen w « If Mirabai Chanu wins, what happens if Vinesh Phogat wins, so many young girls will find her inspiration, » he added.
When asked about the possible medal prospects of the Indian contingent, Rasquinha expressed his optimism in the face of the sheer Number of candidates and said, “The good thing is that there are so many this year! A number of people look like the outlook is good. Neeraj Chopra in athletics, Mirabai Chanu in weightlifting. The shooting team has many potential winners. In boxing we have great prospects like Mary Kom and Amit Panghal. Also archery with Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari. Even my own hockey sport. There’s a lot to be excited about. «
Rasquinha highlighted a number of players who could be medalists at Tokyo 2020, including Neeraj Chopra. Image courtesy: Twitter @afiindia
Rasquinha also praised the proverbial ‘dark horses’ in the Indian camp, saying, « There are players who are doing very well but for some reason don’t get a lot of media coverage, like Ravi Kumar and Deepak Punia in wrestling and B Sai Praneeth in badminton. There have always been those athletes who manage to impress despite a lack of fanfare, like Sakshi Malik in Rio 2016.
The schedule of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been much discussed in the Indian sports community in recent days, with many indicated that a number of key Indian athletes will compete for medals on the first day of the tournament. Commenting on the importance of performing well for these athletes, Rasquinha said, “The first day is going to be huge. It will be so important because medal wins will instill a wave of confidence in the entire medal contingent on the shoulders of the athletes who will compete on the first day. I think if the players win medals on day one, India will be wonderfully positioned to win six or more medals. «
Rasquinha shifted focus to the sport in which he represented India at the 2004 Olympics, and said he was confident in the men’s skills, betting that they had enough talent in their ranks to win a medal at Tokyo 2020 This year is the best chance for the men’s ice hockey team since Sydney 2000 to win a medal We’ve been really consistent, it’s a very good team, and we’ve done well over the cycle. We’ve beaten pretty much every big team recently. «
» It’s an open draw, and almost everyone seems to be able to put together a really good run. I think the key part is that our strikers and drag-flickers have to score more goals. The defense looks really strong, but we o ffensively need to improve, « he added.
He also spoke highly of the influence that coach Graham Reid has had on the men’s hockey team, saying, » Reid is a very experienced coach, he has some of the best hockey teams trained. He has the experience and the parentage. He’s also ‘won the Olympics as a player. He did well to turn this team into an all-round unit. He’s made both offense and defense a team job, throwing bodies into the attack, but the emphasis on defense is on pursuit. He’s done a great job, but the Olympics will really determine how much he improves the team. «
Rasquinha also praised the women’s ice hockey for their massive improvement over the past few years, saying, » I am very impressed with the way ice hockey women have improved over the last olympic cycle. They did a really good job increasing their strength and physicality. ”Endurance. There was some gap between the best women’s teams in the world and the Indian team in terms of fitness, but that gap has been largely bridged. Yes, the prelude against the Netherlands will probably be tough, but I have the feeling that reaching the quarter-finals is not ruled out at all. «
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