As the Indian males’s hockey group gears as much as resume coaching from Wednesday, striker SV Sunil believes the coronavirus-forced 14-day quarantine interval contained in the Sports Authority of India South Centre right here was a take a look at of their psychological power and endurance.
The 31-year-old stated it was essential for each member of the group to remain sturdy mentally to get by way of the problem of staying in isolation for a prolonged interval.
“I think what we all realised from these past two weeks was the fact that we all need to be really strong mentally, and to make sure that we were always in touch with our friends, family and teammates,” stated Sunil.
“Sometimes you don”t realise how a lot effort goes into one thing, however after having lived in isolation, I can relate to what everybody who has lived in quarantine centres or residence isolation has gone by way of. It is a good problem of psychological power and actually checks your endurance,” he added.
The Indian women and men hockey gamers are presently serving a compulsory 14-day quarantine interval after getting back from a house break and can resume coaching from Wednesday for the nationwide camp that can final until September 30.
Sunil lauded the efforts of the group’s help workers, together with chief coach Graham Reid, who did their finest in preserving the gamers occupied in the course of the quarantine interval.
“It was essential for us to remain busy, as a result of you possibly can’t at all times be on the tv or play video games on the telephone to get by way of the day. So, our chief coach and members of help workers determined to verify we have been doing one thing or the opposite.
“We were asked to do some research on the greatest Olympians ever, and then present to the team on our video calls. It was a nice activity as we learned a fair bit from all the players choosing various legends and talking in detail,” he stated.
He thanked Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India for making certain a protected and wholesome return to coaching.