The 56-year-old emphasized that the decisions they make in the next few months will determine how they fare in Tokyo.
On returning to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Bengaluru campus earlier this month, the Indian men’s hockey team underwent a two-week mandatory quarantine which ended earlier this week. During this period, the players were tasked with an activity by head coach Graham Reid that invigorated their Olympic goal.
Graham Reid explained, “During the last two weeks, we used the time to learn about India’s extraordinary Olympic history.”
The players, most of whom often use video games and Netflix as pass-time, were tasked with an assignment to present to the group over video conference their learnings from these individual stories and how they can implement these learnings as a team going forward in their quest for Olympic success.
Graham Reid said, “The players’ job was to study a number of the Olympic stories and present to the group their individual learnings and what can we use as a team going forward. Going through quarantine together is something we will be able to utilize during our journey over the next 12 months.”
The Indian team began basic sports activities on Wednesday with focus on aerobic base. The next few weeks will be more about planning and realigning the player’s development over the next few months.
“We will be using these next few weeks to work on everyone’s development plan and focus on skill development while we can improve their aerobic base,” said Reid further adding that the action and decisions they make as a team will determine how they fare in Tokyo.
“I reminded the players that every action and decision we make will help us to either get closer to our Olympic goal or further away from it and told them of the importance of the next few months in this journey,” he concluded.