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Indian women’s hockey team to dedicate Olympic performance to corona warriors

Indian women's hockey team celebrating a goal. Photo: @TheHockeyIndia/Twitter

Bengaluru, June 15 (MNN) Following the footsteps of the men’s team, the Indian women’s hockey team too will dedicate their Tokyo Olympics performance to the ‘corona warriors; who are on the forefront of the battle against coronavirus in the country.

“This Olympics is unlike any other in the past. Our country has been through a lot, and we are proud of our doctors and frontline workers who have selflessly worked to save lives. As we work hard towards securing a medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we pledge to dedicate our efforts and hopefully our victory to these Covid warriors. We are all here and safe thanks to them. Thank you, Jai Hind,” women’s team skipper Rani said in a video message released by Hockey India.

In 2020, when India was grappling with nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian women’s hockey team had endeavoured to raise funds to help feed more than 1,000 families from economically underprivileged background, and raised over Rs 20 lakh through a 21-day online fitness challenge.

In 2021, ahead of the Olympic Games 2020, the team has vowed to dedicate their performance in Tokyo to the corona warriors.

Rani said that this decision will further fuel the team’s aspiration for a podium finish in Tokyo.

“When we take up a vow like this, there is an added onus on us to do exceedingly well. Winning for India is always a goal but winning for our countrymen and women who have made many sacrifices in order to save lives during this pandemic will make it a truly special outing in Tokyo for the team.”

“We draw a lot of inspiration from these great people who have risked their own lives to save others. We have come across numerous such stories of sacrifice and humanity. As players, the only thing we can give in return for their great efforts is by achieving something historic and dedicate it to them and that’s what we have decided to do,” Rani added.

With less than 40 days remaining for the Olympics, members of women’s hockey Olympic Core Group continue to give their best in their training at SAI Centre at Bengaluru.

“Everyone is pumped up to give their best shot to make it to the squad. We are undergoing selection trials this week and the environment is really good around the team, and my teammates are making each and every training session count at the camp.”

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