Bengaluru: Indian males’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday mentioned that his workforce will tour Belgium to arrange for the Olympic qualifiers match in opposition to Russia.
In a beneficial draw, the Indian males’s workforce was on Monday pitted in opposition to lower-ranked Russia within the remaining spherical of the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers. The lads’s workforce will play back-to-matches in opposition to Russia in Bhubaneswar on 1 and a couple of November to make it to the Tokyo Video games.
“First, we’ll play with Belgium and there’s the (Olympic) qualifying spherical match later. We should always not underestimate Russia as nicely as a result of they’ve an excellent defence. Additionally they wish to qualify for the Olympics,” Manpreet informed PTI right here.
Eight-time Olympic champions India are ranked 5 on the planet whereas the Russians are positioned 22 within the FIH world rankings. India had mauled Russia 10-Zero in the course of the FIH Collection Last in Bhubaneswar earlier this yr.
The Indian ladies’s workforce, alternatively, has been drawn in opposition to United States of America, and the 2 sides will tackle one another on the identical dates as males’s matches in Bhubaneswar.
Talking in regards to the preparations, the ladies’s workforce captain Rani Rampal mentioned, “Our workforce may be very nicely ready for that match. We’re specializing in learn how to carry out nicely. Our focus is just not on the US workforce however on us, how higher we carry out.”
Rampal mentioned the health of the workforce was past anyone’s creativeness, which is able to assist them face any workforce on the planet.
“We now have been enjoying collectively for a fairly very long time and now we now have to implement the coordination within the match as nicely,” she added.
The coaches of the boys’s and ladies’s groups too had been equally excited in regards to the matches lined up until November.
“We are going to put together for these video games like we put together for the Olympic Video games. So, we’re trying ahead to an excellent problem for us,” mentioned males’s workforce head coach Graham Reid.
Girls’s workforce head coach Sjoerd Marijne expressed his satisfaction over the health of the gamers.
“The health of the women has improved considerably. They’re very match. It has been a protracted course of however now we’re there the place we wish to be,” he mentioned.