Tokyo Games: Indian hockey striker Mandeep Singh is enjoying every moment in Tokyo ahead of first game

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Indian hockey team striker Mandeep Singh who is going to make his first appearance at the Olympic Games has been enjoying every moment since the Indian team arrived in Tokyo on Sunday.

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, Indian hockey team striker Mandeep Singh who is going to make his first appearance at the Olympic Games has been enjoying every moment since the Indian team arrived in Tokyo on Sunday.

Recounting his experience, Mandeep said, “It has been great so far. Although it took us some time at the airport due to testing and other procedures, ever since we checked into the Games Village it has been incredible. Everything is well-organised and everyone is very careful about all the protocols.”

The Indian striker also said that he and his team are quite used to the routine of testing, maintaining social distancing, and following other norms that are mandatory at the Games Village.

“I think living in a bio-bubble for nearly 15-16 months in SAI, Bengaluru, we are very used to the COVID protocols. Here, we get tested every morning, it is a very simple process and the results come out by evening,” he said.

Speaking about the foreign food, Mandeep said, “The food is very good and there are some Indian dishes being served everyday too. The support staff is also ensuring we are in good shape physically and mentally ahead of our first game.”

He further talked about the team practice, Striker said; “We have been using the training pitch since Monday. We have a session each day and the energy level amongst the players is quite high ahead of the start of our campaign here in Tokyo.”

“Since our quarantine period ended today, we are now allowed to interact with other teams. Today was the first day we also got to play on the main competition pitch and no doubt, it is a fantastic stadium, and we are eager to play our first match against New Zealand,” Mandeep added.

India team is scheduled to play their first match on Saturday at 0630 hours IST.

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