Indian males’s hockey group midfielder Sumit says subsequent 12 months’s Asian Champions Trophy will probably be an ideal platform to check its stage forward of the Tokyo Olympics after being out of motion for months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the pandemic-induced hiatus, the Indian group will resume worldwide obligation on the continental match scheduled to be held in Dhaka in March subsequent 12 months, supplied there are not any journey restrictions as a result of well being disaster.

“We have been very fortunate to resume training … to hone our skills. The Asian Champions Trophy will show the level we are at and how much we will need to further improve ahead of the Olympic Games,” mentioned Sumit.

He is at present part of the core possible group.

Talking in regards to the ongoing nationwide teaching camp right here, Sumit mentioned: “Though we gained’t be competing this 12 months as a result of pandemic, the periods are deliberate in such a means that we play matches in opposition to one another the place we’re anticipated to convey out our greatest.

“We have something called as red sessions which are high intensity sessions and I can tell that we are in much better form both mentally and physical than when we started out in August after mandatory quarantine.”

Sumit, who was part of the Indian group that gained the FIH junior males’s World Cup in 2016, had missed out some necessary tournaments final 12 months as a consequence of a wrist harm.

“I had suffered a wrist injury during the FIH Men’s Series Finals in Bhubaneswar last June. It was a long road to recovery and I was happy to have been picked for the FIH Hockey Pro League earlier this year where I got to play against top teams,” he mentioned.

“To make the Indian Team, one must be actually good in executing what is anticipated of us and there may be good inner competitors.

“For now, I am giving my 100 per cent in training and I look forward to hopefully playing in the Asian Champions Trophy and defending our Title next year,” he signed off.


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