Making debut on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics can be a fairy-tale, Indian girls’s hockey workforce defender Manpreet Kaur stated on Wednesday. The younger participant additionally stated that skipper Rani Rampal had been her largest inspiration.
Manpreet, 22, who’s coaching with the nationwide workforce on the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru for the Olympics, added that her maiden worldwide tour — to Argentina in February — had helped her achieve “a variety of confidence”.
“Debut for the senior national team at a dream event like the Olympics will be a fairy-tale for me. But I want to keep my feet on the ground and continue doing my hard work. We all are pumped up, and just working hard, making each and every day count in training,” stated the participant from Shahabad in Haryana.
A product of the Shahabad Academy — the centre that has produced high gamers equivalent to skipper Rani Rampal and forwards Navjot Kaur, and Navneet Kaur — Manpreet says she watched their progress whereas rising up.
“I’ve adopted Rani, Navjot and Navneet from very shut quarters whereas rising up. Similar to different ladies in Shahabad, I additionally idolised Rani. She is my largest inspiration, and it’s a particular feeling to spend time along with her on the camp. She guides younger gamers like me in the best path, and he or she is the most important motivator within the workforce.”
On her maiden international tour to Argentina, she said, “It was the team’s first assignment in almost a year. I was very nervous, but the seniors motivated me, and match-by-match, I kept gaining confidence, so it was a great learning experience even though those were practice matches.”