Veteran India goalkeeper P R Sreejesh needs to compete on the Paris Olympics however mentioned on Saturday so much is dependent upon his health and function within the run-up to the 2014 Video games.
The 33-year-old from Kerala used to be just lately given the most productive goalkeeper award in males’s phase on the FIH annual awards for his efficiency in India’s historical bronze medal-winning feat on the Tokyo Olympics.
Requested if he could be taking part in on the Paris Olympics, Sreejesh mentioned: “No participant will say no to an Olympics, we’re grasping other folks. The incentive will at all times be to paintings exhausting and provides easiest.
“I have had a career of 21 years. So I will always want to play one more match, one more Olympics so as long as my team members don’t kick me out, I will stay in the team for sure,” he quipped.
Right through the India These days conclave, he added, “But nothing is certain in a sportsperson’s life. There can be an injury, performance can go down, others can do better than me.”
Sreejesh’s former teammates Rupinder Friend Singh, Birendra Lakra and SV Sunil had just lately retired following a a hit Olympic marketing campaign to pave the best way for the children.
When India skipper Manpreet Singh used to be posed the similar query, the captain mentioned: “He is going to Paris from our side. Sreejesh is the best goal keeper, so we would want him to be there at the goal. We have the confidence in him but rest depends on his fitness and other things.”
Sreejesh, who has proven the facility to get well with time, has for sure that each the lads’s and ladies’s groups will make the rostrum on the 2024 Video games, however says the street forward will probably be more difficult.
“The incentive will at all times be there to switch the color of the medal in Paris. However the highway isn’t simple. We had gained a medal 41 years in the past and after that Indians despatched us to Olympics with a large number of expectancies.
“Now that we have got proved we will be able to win, the expectancies will probably be upper once we cross to Paris. But it surely may not be simple, it does not occur in a single day.
“The women’s team was unlucky to miss out this time but definitely I am confident that both teams will finish at the podium in Paris.”
Sreejesh had pulled off a surprising save within the ultimate few seconds of the bronze medal fit in opposition to Germany at Tokyo.
Recollecting the ones six seconds, he mentioned: “Once we were given that PC, our response used to be like what is going to occur now, there used to be a possibility that it might slip away however there used to be no longer a lot time to assume. We needed to protect. I used to be making plans my defensive construction taking a look on the opposition.
“As a goalkeeper I had my own things, to focus and I was just thinking that I have been playing for so many years, so I just have to save this one.”
Whilst the lads’s group gained a medal, their feminine opposite numbers neglected out narrowly, completing a creditable fourth after shedding 3-4 to protecting champions Nice Britain within the bronze-play play-off.
India girls’s group skipper Rani mentioned the disappointing marketing campaign on the 2016 Rio Video games used to be the turning level for the aspect.
“For us, 2016 was first Olympics, we didn’t win any match and I think it was a turning point for us because we learnt how to handle pressure in such big event and this was a different Olympics because we lost first three matches but still had the self-belief,” she mentioned.
“We lost holland and germany but we played good hockey and this gave us the confidence that we can beat other teams and that belief carried us through against Australia.”
Goalkeeper Savita Punia additionally echoed her perspectives.
“We had certified after 36 years in 2016 Olympics however there used to be no efficiency. I used to be no longer pleased with my efficiency so within the subsequent 4-5 years we would have liked to do one thing.
“The England fit we did not play smartly and on hindsight on account of that fit, we did smartly within the subsequent video games. Our trainer used to be so disenchanted that he did not have lunch with us.
“So Eire fit used to be extra vital than quarterfinals, which used to be a power fit. We knew Australia is a great group, they have been upper ranked, so power used to be on then.
“We were also confident because we had lost a close match against Australia in 2018 Commonwealth Games, so we just wanted to do better, there was no option.”