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Hockey teams happy to be training in “safe environment”

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SAI Cente (South) has been shut for outsiders and authorities are doing everything to ensure the men’s and women’s hockey teams train hard

 Indian hockey players training at SAI Centre in Bengaluru. PTI Photo

Bengaluru: Isolated inside the SAI Centre here in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s business as usual for the Indian men’s and women’s hockey players as they prepare for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in a “safe environment”.

The Sports Authority of India Centre, which has been shut for visitors, is well-equipped for regular practice sessions.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has not affected our practice sessions. We are continuously washing our hands and having our temperatures checked regularly. The authorities are ensuring that we train in a safe environment,” said the men’s team captain Manpreet Singh.

“With the backing of SAI and our coaches, we have been training very hard for the Olympics,” he added.

The women’s team captain Rani Rampal said her team is fortunate to continue training. “We are very fortunate to have a facility like the SAI campus here. Everyone is working very hard so that the hockey teams can continue to practice for the Olympics,” said Rani.

“Our health is being monitored everyday and we are taking all the necessary precautions. The authorities have helped us to focus on our goal of performing well at the Tokyo Olympics,” she added.

The men’s team is scheduled to play New Zealand in its opening match of the Tokyo Olympics while the women’s side face the Netherlands, both games on July 25.

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