On Olympic bronze medal, Dilpreet said, ‘This is a new beginning for Indian hockey’

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Young striker Dilpreet Singh on Wednesday said the Indian hockey team kept its morale high despite the challenges of COVID-19 and the historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics is the beginning of a new era.

The Indian men’s hockey team ended its 41-year wait for an Olympic medal with a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games last month.

Dilpreet said in a Hockey India release, “We worked so hard to achieve this feat. We did not let any difficulty affect our morale due to the pandemic. The senior players constantly encouraged us and made us feel that we can do it.

He said, “I really believe that this is a new beginning. We all want to achieve more and we want people to love us more and continue to support us.

Dilpreet said, “And for that we feel that we have to consistently perform well in big tournaments. We are mentally prepared for this.

The 21-year-old Dilpreet has performed brilliantly with the Indian team so far. Dilpreet’s career has touched new heights since her good performance in the 2017 Sultan of Johor Cup bronze medal with the junior team.

He was called up for the senior camp and since 2018 he has been a part of the Indian team in almost all major tournaments including Commonwealth Games, Asian Games besides the World Cup in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Dilpreet said, “I feel fortunate to be a part of this wonderful group and yes, I believe I am fortunate to have had such a good start to my international career.”

The young forward from Punjab said the support he received when he was dropped after India’s quarter-final exit at the 2018 FIH Men’s World Cup was the turning point of his career.

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