Indian hockey team for the Tokyo Olympics.© Instagram
The Indian hockey team is currently one of the best in the world and will be the number one contender in Tokyo Olympics, former midfielder and current assistant coach Shivendra Singh believes. “Our focus is on the overall speed, sharpness, skill and agility of the team to ensure they reach Tokyo in peak condition,” said Singh, who was part of the silver medal winning team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. hockey India. “We are working on focused training exercises for the players depending on their position. The attackers work exclusively on what they have to do inside the ‘D’.”
“I believe in the capabilities of these guys and I’m sure they are one of the fittest teams in the world; if not the fittest. We’re one of the contenders for an Olympic medal for sure.”
Singh said it took some time to adjust to the new role of coach but he is now enjoying the responsibility.
“I was embarrassed at first as a coach because I was a player on the team for so long, but it only took me a week to settle into my new role,” said the 38-year-old from Gwalior, who was part of the team. The Indian team that won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2010.
“The rest of the coaching staff and players have made me feel so welcome. I’m enjoying my work so much now that I feel like spending most of my time on the training ground itself.”
Singh, who is involved in analyzing and evaluating team data from training and matches, attributed the role of head coach Graham Reid to his personal development as a coach.
The former Indian striker said: “Graham has a very calm personality and he always takes a team-first approach to his training. He engages the entire coaching staff and has the quality of maintaining cohesion in the group.”
“He makes sure that no member feels left out as he never hesitates to ask his staff for input that will help the team improve.”
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