The 26-year-old is confident of his team’s chances in the mega event.

The Indian men’s hockey team has been training at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru for the last three weeks. Forward Mandeep Singh expressed that the team is currently carrying out high-intensity practice sessions with the Olympics as their sole target.

“We are giving our absolute best during the training sessions at the national coaching camp. Even though we don’t have an immediate tournament to aim at, we are not dropping our intensity and still giving our 100 percent during every training session,” said Mandeep Singh.

“This is the time we have to prepare for the Olympics, and we are having high-intensity practice sessions with the quadrennial event as our sole focus at the moment. The team is shaping up very well for the Olympics.”

The forward further added that the team is currently focusing on improving specific skills.

He remarked, “At the moment, we are focussing on our basics and carrying out skill-based sessions apart from our training in the gym. We have been doing specific drills on shooting, defending and tackling and the team has improved in each one of the skills in the last few weeks. It’s been great to see the way everyone has been putting their best effort in every session we have been doing.”

Mandeep Singh expressed that all the members of the team are motivating one another to keep working hard during training sessions.

“Apart from maintaining good physical fitness, staying mentally strong is also very important for us. The great thing is that we are at the SAI campus in Bengaluru. We all live like a family here and the environment is wonderful for us. We support each other during good and bad times and all of us have been motivating each other to keep giving our best in every practice session for the team. That’s how we maintain our physical and mental fitness,” he concluded.