BENGALURU: Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday announced that both men’s and women’s core probables groups returned to training in a ‘systematic and phased’ manner at the Bengaluru campus of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Hockey India also stated that both SAI Bangalore and the players have maintained all necessary coronavirus guidelines put forward by the government.
“Since the players are returning to the pitch after a gap of two months, they will begin with limited hours and stick to basic sports activities in the initial phase to avoid any possibility of injury,” Hockey India said in its statement.
“While players of both teams are upbeat on the new situation, the coaching staff has meticulously designed the daily schedule with special focus on giving players enough time to adjust to the new norms.”
HI, recently, had recommended the name of women’s team captain Rani Rampal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award while Vandana Katariya, Monika and Harmanpreet Singh were nominated for the Arjuna Award
Rani led the team to historic victories in the Women’s Asia Cup in 2017, silver at the 2018 Asian Games and played a critical role in the Olympic Qualifiers in 2019 by scoring the deciding goal that helped in India’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics.
In this period, the Indian eves also climbed to a career-best world ranking of No.9. First from India to be named as the World Games Athlete of The Year 2019, Rani has also been the recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2016 and the prestigious Padma Shri award in 2020.