Hockey Captains Manpreet, Rani urge Indian fans to rally behind the teams, promise better showing
New Delhi, 20 July: Indian Men and Women’s hockey team captains Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampaul have urged fans around the globe to support the teams and promised them a better showing at the Tokyo Olympics. ,
In an open letter to the fans, the two captains have sought their best wishes and whole-hearted support for the Tokyo Games.
“On behalf of the Indian Women’s and Men’s Hockey Teams, we seek your best wishes and whole-hearted support for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Even though we may be many miles away from our fans back home, we can feel this love as we step out onto the pitch each time.
Following is the full text of the open letter:
We hope this letter finds you in good health and charged with excitement for the Olympic
In hockey, just like an individual is incomplete without the support of their team, a team is similarly incomplete without the support of the backroom staff that has prepared the team. We would like to thank the coaching staff and the support staff that has enabled us to get here. Our performances on the pitch are owed to these dedicated members working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we become the best that we can be.
We would also like to make a special mention of the Sports Ministry, Sports Authority of India, Hockey India, Indian Olympic Association and especially Odisha State Government without whose support we probably wouldn’t even have been on the flight to Tokyo. Each of them has played their part in ensuring we had every facility that was needed especially in the year of the pandemic, we’re extremely grateful to all!
In recent months, our teams have spent a lot of time amongst our own group due to the new reality of living and training in a secure bio-bubble. All the time that the players have spent in each other’s company on and off the field have brought our respective teams closer together than ever before.
Representing one’s country in the Olympics is one of the proudest and most special moments in any sportsperson’s career. A large part of this feeling stems from the fact that the athlete shares this exhilarating experience with all the people of their country.
On behalf of the Indian Women’s and Men’s Hockey Teams, we seek your best wishes and whole-hearted support for the Tokyo Olympics. Even though we may be many miles away from our fans back home, we can feel this love as we step out onto the pitch each time.
We promise you that we will value each and every minute of this prestigious tournament to make you all proud.
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