He suggested the crew to maintain up its confidence.
Former captain Vasudevan Baskaran feels the Indian males’s hockey crew can’t afford to be content material with solely taking part in within the Olympics whether it is to relive the glory days and end on the rostrum in Tokyo.
Baskaran, who had led India to its final Olympic gold medal in hockey within the 1980 Moscow version, suggested the crew to maintain up its confidence.
“The men’s team has been playing really well. My advice to them is to keep the confidence level up. Each player has come up the hard way to reach here,” Baskaran stated on a Hockey Indian podcast ‘Hockey Te Charcha.’
“It would perhaps be the first Olympics for about seven-eight players, and I feel they shouldn’t just be happy with the ‘Olympian’ title but they should aim for a medal.
“This is feasible solely when everyone within the crew believes that they’ll be a medal-winning crew and end on the rostrum.”
Talking about the Indian women’s team that defeated USA to qualify for the Olympics, Baskaran said the side has earned its place by sheer determination and now must remain focused on finishing in the top four at the Tokyo Games.
“When I used to be taking part in 1980 Moscow Olympics, girls’s hockey was included. Our Indian crew had missed the bronze medal intently.
“After seeing the current Indian women’s hockey team, particularly from 2016 they have developed a lot of confidence.
“I noticed them play stay in Bhubaneswar once they beat USA, among the finest groups on the earth. They rightfully earned the place within the Olympics.” “They are on the up-hill scale. They have to push themselves for the primary 4 place. I do know Rani and crew are able to doing very properly,” he added.