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Amid corona chaos Indian Hockey Teams focused on Tokyo 2020 games

The men's and women's hockey team are preparing hard at SAI's Bengaluru facility for the Tokyo games and the coronavirus outbreak has not hampered the teams.

Amid corona chaos Indian Hockey Teams focused on Tokyo 2020 games

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Published: 21 March 2020 9:05 AM GMT

With just 125 days to go until the Indian Men's and Women's Hockey Teams take the field against New Zealand and Netherlands respectively in their first match at the Tokyo Olympics, both sides are continuing to train hard amid the rise of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The players and support staff are taking all the necessary precautions at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility in Bengaluru. The campus is well-equipped for regular practice sessions and no unauthorized persons are allowed to enter the premises.

"The COVID-19 outbreak has not affected our practice sessions. We are continuously washing our hands and our temperatures are being checked regularly. The authorities at our SAI campus are ensuring that we are training in a safe environment. With the backing of SAI and our Coaches, we have been training very hard for the Olympics," said Indian Men's Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh.

Coronavirus pandemic has not hampered the preparations of Indian Men's Hockey team as they are getting best support from SAI authorities, says Indian skipper Manpreet Singh. (Image: Hockey India)

The Indian Women's Hockey Team Captain Rani expressed that her side is fortunate to continue to train for the Olympics in a safe environment.

"We are very fortunate to have a facility like the SAI campus here. Everyone is working very hard so that the hockey teams can continue to practice for the Olympics. Our health is being monitored everyday and we are taking all the necessary precautions. The authorities at SAI have helped us to continue to focus on our goal of performing well at the Tokyo Olympics," said Rani.

Rani Rampal Indian women hockey team captain 1 Captain of Indian women's hockey team Rani Rampall too is impressed with the facilities at SAI which has helped her team focus on preparing for Tokyo games. (Image: Hockey India)

The Indian Men's Hockey Team is scheduled to play New Zealand and the Indian Women's Hockey Team is slated to face the Netherlands in their first match at the Tokyo Olympics on 25 July.

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