Bengaluru, Apr 24: Indian hockey midfielder Sumit who was part of the 2016 Junior World Cup-winning squad on Friday said the team continues to remain focused on fitness despite training being suspended due to lockdown across the country amid COVID19 pandemic.
Sumit said having begun the year on a positive note with confidence-invoking performance against the World's top 3 teams in the FIH Hockey Pro League, which has been put on hold due to pandemic. The team is at Sports Authority of India Centre here. "This is probably the first time that we have not trained hockey in so long.
Getting back to that fine rhythm will take some time but since we are focused on maintaining fitness, we are in a better position than many of our opponents," Sumit said. "Olympics is the ultimate dream and the postponement has not changed our belief of a top-3 finish. Every single player in the core group believes we can finish top 3 in the Olympics after giving our best against Netherlands, Belgium and Australia.
" "But the team feels we are better off in SAI Centre, Bengaluru where we still get to come out of our rooms and use running track and do core exercises. I can't imagine being stuck at home back in Haryana with no option for any basic fitness training," expressed Sumit, who played a key role in India's midfield during their campaign against the Netherlands earlier this year at the FIH Hockey Pro League.(UNI)