Winning gold at Asian Games is the target: Savita Punia | Hockey News

NEW DELHI: Footage of the players of India’s women’s hockey team sobbing inconsolably after their heartbreaking loss to Great Britain in their bronze medal playoff game at the Tokyo Olympics are still alive in the minds of fans.
It took weeks and months for the girls to get over the painful loss of missing out on the opportunity to finish on the podium for the first time in their history. But, instead of shying away from Olympic defeat, the rewarding experience of Tokyo and the appreciation Rani Rampal & Co received for their valiant spectacle has the players aiming for medal glory as they approach their next big mission. – the postponed Hangzhou. asian games in 2023, which will serve as a direct qualification for the betting games 2024.
Under the watchful eye of the guardian Savita Puniawhich has earned the nickname “Great Wall of India” for its dazzling penalty saves, the team is aiming to win the Asiad gold to qualify directly for Paris, without having to go through the delicate qualifying process afterwards. “It is important for the team to qualify directly for the Olympic Games via Asiad. We have prepared in this direction. Winning gold is our only objective. This will give us enough time to prepare for the Paris Games. where the effort would end up on the podium”, Savita said YOU in an interview.
The team made an impressive debut at FIH Pro League, where they finished an honorable third after a long season. Last month, the Savita-led team produced another scintillating spectacle to secure a historic bronze medal at CWG Birmingham. Looking back on the season, the 32-year-old goalkeeper said coming to the semi-finals in Tokyo was a ‘big turning point’ for the women’s hockey team as it gave them the confidence they could compete with the best in the world.
“Our performance in Tokyo is always appreciated by everyone. Although we missed a medal, the whole experience acted as a catalyst to aim for the podium in each tournament. It gave the team a new conviction. When I look back on the season, I find it rewarding and satisfying. As a team and individually, we have worked very hard on our game and that is why last year was such a great adventure for all of us. players. It is crucial for the team to continue this journey and win medals at the Asian Games and the Olympic Games in Paris.”
The Indian team will next be seen in action at the FIH Women’s Nations Cup to be held in Spain. Valence from December 11 to 17. This will be the team’s first tournament since CWG Birmingham. Savita wants the authorities to provide the team with more overseas training and competition trips to prepare well for Asiad.

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