We are ready for Tokyo Olympics: Women's Hockey vice-captain Savita
New Delhi, May 20, 2021
Ace goalkeeper Savita feels that the Indian Women's hockey team is ready for the Tokyo Olympics.
"Our focus right now is on fitness and playing high-intensity sessions and setting our body clock to the time we will be playing in Japan," she said.
She is of the view the Indian women's team have established themselves as strong contenders in Asia, having won silver at the Asian Champions Trophy 2018, Asian Games in 2018 and gold at the 2017 Asia Cup.
"We have achieved good results at the Asian-level tournaments. Playing well in these events has given the team, particularly youngsters, a sense of what it really takes to do well at big tournaments. Now, I feel we are ready for bigger feats," she said.
Talking to Hockey India in Bengaluru, Savita, who is also the vice-captain of the national team explained her optimism, saying that there was a lot of difference in how the team plays now.
"In these three years we have grown a lot as a team and many of our young players have stepped up in their roles. We have improved our attack and we play with good speed, there are a lot of positive changes within the group. Our fitness levels have majorly improved over the years which has in turn helped us improve our overall performances," she said.
She also asserted that the players are mentally tough and have developed the right temperament required to face top teams of the world. "With the exposure we have got in this Olympic cycle, I feel we have developed the right temperament to play top-class teams. If you have seen our recent performances, we have tried to come back into the game after initial setbacks or after conceding early goals. We don't give up until the last whistle," she said.
"Our focus right now is on fitness and playing high intensity sessions and setting our body clock to the time we will be playing in Japan. The weather condition in Tokyo is going to be quite challenging and we are preparing for that as well.
"We are not letting the current pandemic situation hamper our spirit. We are staying optimistic, eyes set on our goal and pursuing each day with an aim to succeed at the Games," she added.