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Tokyo Olympics: Current Team Better Prepared For Olympics Than We Were In 2016, Says Veteran India Dragflicker VR Raghunath

Veteran India dragflicker VR Raghunath thinks that the latest workforce is better organized for the Olympics than the side which completed eighth in the past version in Rio de Janerio. India had lost to Belgium in the quarterfinals in the 2016 Summertime Game titles. Raghunath is not in the checklist of Olympic probables this time. “The Canada match which we drew expense us in 2016. That final result set us in a different qualification group. But I really feel the latest batch of players can take care of the Olympics a great deal better,” said Raghunath in a Hockey India launch. 

“The same batch of players have been all around for seven-8 a long time now, they are in touch with European players. They can conduct significantly better than Rio,” he included.

At the Olympics, it is all about profitable people near online games, reported Raghunath, who is now the vice-president of Karnataka Hockey Association.

“It will come down to a single or two matches and how you get your rhythm proper in the arena. I have witnessed groups retaining it straightforward and taking part in with a free of charge head. I would inform the players not to imagine significantly about the situation,’ he reported. 

“The players are in the same age group and have been quarantined alongside one another for a prolonged time so they are common with every single other and have been profitable Professional League online games as perfectly.

“Players like Rupinder and Manpreet ended up all around in the past version as perfectly. They have included each place perfectly,” the 32-year-old included.

The former Asian Game titles winner was whole of praise for latest vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh, who took around drag-flick responsibilities from Raghunath.

“Harman had instantly arrived after the U-21 World Cup get. There ended up directions from the coaches to just take him less than our wing to guard him at the very least for 30-40 matches so that he could get an idea of what international hockey is all about. We guided him and he grasped matters really speedily,” reported Raghunath. 


“We could see the final results in just three-4 months. He commenced scoring as perfectly. Rupinder Pal Singh and I attempted to take care of him like a brother and not as a player. Our coaches have moulded us in this sort of a way that the juniors are relaxed all around the seniors.

“He has appear a prolonged way around the final four a long time, and I really feel, he has another eight-ten a long time of international Hockey in him. Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas have also entered the combine. This is superior for Indian hockey as we are not confident when a player will be down with an injury.”

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