Rani Rampal, the captain of the Indian women’s hockey team, promised on Tuesday that her squad will leave no stone unturned in their quest for a historic medal at the forthcoming Olympics, which she would dedicate to the frontline workers who risked their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rani also revealed that the core probables training at the Sports Authority of India center in New Delhi will go through selection trials this week to determine who would represent India at the Tokyo Games, which begin on July 23.
“Winning for our countrymen and women who have made many sacrifices to save lives during this pandemic will make it a truly special outing in Tokyo for the team,” Rani said in a release.
“As we work hard towards securing a medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we pledge to dedicate our efforts and hopefully our victory to these Covid warriors. We are all here and safe thanks to them,” she added
According to Rani, the squad is inspired by the physicians, nurses, and paramedics who have worked nonstop since the pandemic first broke out in India last year.
She noted that the committee will put even more pressure on the team to perform well at the Olympics.
During last year’s nationwide lockdown, the team earned funds to feed over 1000 families from economically disadvantaged situations. Through a 21-day online fitness challenge, the players raised over 20 lakh.
Because the Tokyo Olympics are fewer than 40 days away, Rani and her teammates are making every training session count.