Incheon (South Korea), 19 September 2014: As the Asian Games 2014 matches approach, both the Indian Men and Women teams have acclimatised with the environment of Incheon, South Korea through various fitness sessions and drills. Both the teams are implementing their strategies on-field to get used to the new turf and environment during these practice sessions. Here, the experience of senior players of the teams come handy, who help other players to adapt to the new environment as early as possible.
Speaking on the preparations before their first match against Sri Lanka, Indian Men Hockey team’s forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi said, “As this will be my second big tournament after my comeback in the team for the XX Commonwealth Games 2014, I am looking forward to giving my best and trying to create as many penalty corner opportunities as I can. The forward line has work hard in all the weak areas which our Coaches have highlighted while watching the videos of our matches during the Commonwealth Games 2014. The team together is also working towards increasing the scoring capacity and converting the openings into goals.”
He further added, “We are also trying out the rolling substitutions and the advancements are looking positive so far. The team is well in sync with the drills and ready to take on Sri Lanka.”
Forward player of the Indian Women’s Hockey team, Poonam Rani after a practice session, said, “We are fully prepared for the new format of the game. The team has worked on its mistakes made during the XX Commonwealth Games and are preparing really hard during the on-field and off-field strategic sessions. In the forward line, we are three experienced players Poonam Rani, Vanadana Katariya and myself having played more than 100 international matches and therefore it becomes our responsibility to make the young talents adapt to the international environment and the turfs as quickly as possible. We will also try our best to boost the younger ones to perform their best during the matches. Young forward player Navjot Kaur has also been successful in impressing everyone with her performance in the XX Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow. We are fully committed for our responsibility towards scoring more and more goals and also creating penalty corner opportunities for our dragflickers”.