Mixture of youth and expertise in defence will assist girls’s hockey group in Olympics: Ekka


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Ekka mentioned that it has been her accountability to make sure that the kids within the group remained motivated throughout this robust interval.

Defender Deep Grace Ekka on Thursday mentioned the Indian girls’s hockey group’s again line has a very good steadiness of expertise and youth which can turn out to be useful on the Tokyo Olympics.

The group has loved good ends in prime tournaments lately, together with successful a silver medal on the 2018 Asian Video games and qualifying for back-to-back Olympics, and Ekka mentioned the skilled gamers are working with the younger ones to additional strengthen the group’s defence.

“It is nice to have an incredible steadiness of youth and skilled gamers in our defence line. We’re guiding the kids to get even higher at their sport and I’m positive after a number of months we are going to get even higher as a protection unit,’ Ekka was quoted as saying in a media launch.

“Having an incredible protection line at all times helps any group and if we’re rock strong then will probably be an enormous profit for the Indian group, particularly in large tournaments just like the Olympics,” the senior defender added.

It has been a troublesome time for the whole world in the previous few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports activities actions throughout the globe had been introduced to a whole halt because of the lethal virus, resulting in considerations over the psychological well being of athletes.

Ekka mentioned that it has been her accountability to make sure that the kids within the group remained motivated throughout this robust interval.

“As a senior participant within the group, I needed to be sure that the kids are usually not too impacted and stay optimistic throughout this era. It is easy for negativity to set in throughout this time, however our group has accomplished properly to take every day because it comes,” she mentioned.

“It is my responsibility to make sure that the kids stay motivated they usually have accomplished an incredible job. All of us targeted on our health whereas we had been away from the pitch and now, we’re relishing our sports activities actions on the pitch,” Ekka added.

The 26-year-old defender from Odisha mentioned that the nationwide facet has been ready to deal with this era by concentrating on health.

“We had sufficient amenities at our disposal for our health coaching throughout the lockdown and now, we’re in a position to follow for the Olympics solely due to the efforts put in by Hockey India and SAI,” Ekka mentioned. 

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