The Indian girls’s hockey workforce, led by Rani Rampal, on Sunday left the nation for the tour of Argentina, seeking to acquire worldwide match publicity after practically a break of 1 yr resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian workforce was compelled to coach on the Sports activities Authority of India centre in Bengaluru for a number of months as worldwide competitors got here to a halt because of the pandemic.
The Indian workforce is scheduled to play 4 matches towards the world quantity two Argentina aspect (January 26, 28, 30, 31). Earlier than that, it is going to play two matches every towards Argentina’s junior and B sides.
“It feels wonderful to be touring once more. We’ve labored very arduous on our recreation in the previous couple of months and the time has come for us to execute our abilities in a world match,” skipper Rani mentioned forward of departure.
“Enjoying in worldwide matches goes to be a bit completely different this time, since we might be in a bio bubble, nevertheless, the workforce is worked up to be again on the sector in the absolute best method for the time being,” she mentioned.
Hockey India and the host nation’s nationwide affiliation have created a bio bubble for each the groups.
The Indian workforce will keep at a resort the place there might be provisions for separate rooms/halls for all of the meals, workforce conferences and periods.
The complete Indian contingent underwent a COVID-19 RT-PCR check 72 hours previous to their departure.
Although there isn’t any requirement for quarantine upon arrival in Argentina, the workforce will nonetheless be following all security and well being measures as suggested by the respective governments of India and Argentina, a launch mentioned.
India’s vice captain and goalkeeper Savita thanked Hockey India and SAI for arranging the tour of Argentina.
“We desperately wanted to get again into aggressive mode as there’s not a lot time left to go for the Olympics. We’ve been doing effectively in follow periods, however a world match is all the time the actual check for any sportsperson,” mentioned Savita.
“We’re actually wanting ahead to an ideal tour and hopefully, we begin taking part in to our full potential proper from the primary match,” she added.