Olympics on mind, India improving with each match: Gurjant

Bhubaneswar: India forward Gurjant Singh has said that every member in the team has Tokyo Olympics on their mind and will thus use the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League fixtures against Belgium to further their preparation and boost their confidence.

India had a great start to their FIH Pro League campaign as they defeated the Netherlands in both their matches last month.

Ahead of the two matches slated to be played on Saturday and Sunday at the Kalinga Stadium against World No 1 Belgium, Gurjant expressed that Indian set-up is improving with each match and is working towards a common goal of performing well at Olympics.

“This is a very crucial time for us. Every match is very important for us. We are coordinating and playing well as a unit. However, we have to ensure that we keep putting up good performances consistently. Each and every player in the team has the Olympics in their mind and we are working towards doing well at the tournament,” said Gurjant.

The team is confident ahead of taking on Belgium since India performed brilliantly during their tour of the country last year, he added. “We had a great tour of Belgium last year as we won all our matches there. That result certainly gives us a lot of confidence. The FIH Hockey Pro League matches will help us prepare for the Olympics,” he said.