Indian men’s hockey team defender Jarmanpreet Singh stressed the importance of mental fitness on Friday as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic.
The 24-year-old trained at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) center in Bengaluru as part of the Senior Core Group ahead of the Olympics.
“I think mental fitness is as important as physical fitness in dealing with current situations. A player has to be mentally strong, and for that we have helped each other,” Jarmanpreet said in a statement released by Hockey India.
India were supposed to play their FIH Pro League away games against Great Britain, Spain and Germany this month, but the fixtures have been postponed due to travel restrictions on the following an increase in COVID-19 cases.
âWe communicate with each other, we try to create a positive environment for everyone to stay in a happy zone. I think because of that there is a very good team cohesion, which we helped in our preparations for the Olympics. âhe said.
When asked how he was preparing for the Tokyo Games, Jarmanpreet said: âMy goal remains to give the best of myself, with all my energy, and to try to improve myself every day. ‘coaching.
“I challenged myself to keep reducing my margin for error.”
Jarmanpreet, who made his national team debut in 2018, feels lucky to have the support of senior players since the start of his career.
âI am very lucky and grateful to all the senior players as well as the coaches because they knew about my past (the two year doping ban in 2015), they knew I was coming back after a long time.
âThey have always supported me from the start. They guided me every step of the way, and motivated me a lot.
âPlus, it also helps when you have a senior player as a roommate. Kothajit (Singh) paaji is my roommate here, and we share a good bond on and off the pitch. We both talk hockey off the pitch. , and it has helped me improve as a player. “