Neha Goyal, 24, from Sonepat in Haryana, was an integral a part of the first-ever Indian girls’s hockey workforce that reached an Olympic semi-final on the 2020 Tokyo Video games final month.
Indians missed out on a medal after pushing Nice Britain to the sting within the bronze medal match however Neha has some positives to remove from the workforce’s historic efficiency within the Tokyo Video games.
“Our efficiency on the Tokyo Olympics has modified our mentality and given us the self perception to tackle any workforce on the planet. Our win over Australia within the quarter-final caused a shift in our mentality. Australia had reached the knockout stage after topping their Pool ‘B’ by profitable all their matches. Defeating them by a solitary objective gave us plenty of confidence, which we’ll carry with us going ahead as we put together to play extra vital tournaments sooner or later. Together with a change in our mentality, we now have improved our coaching and health ranges as properly,” mentioned Neha.
Making her Olympic debut stands out as a landmark second for Neha in her fledgling profession.
“I used to be nervous, however very excited. It has at all times been my dream to play within the Olympics since I began taking part in hockey. This was my first time, so I didn’t take an excessive amount of stress upon myself and tried to benefit from the second. I additionally gained some confidence in our excursions of Argentina and Germany earlier than the Olympics, the place I felt that we have been in a position to compete properly with some actually good groups. In the long run, the workforce carried out properly, and I used to be proud of my particular person efficiency over the course of the event as properly,” added the tenacious, but skilful midfielder.
Transferring ahead, Neha’s ambition is to additional polish her particular person sport in order that she will be able to proceed to contribute to the success of the workforce in future competitions. “Our subsequent goal is to do properly on the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Video games in China and the 2022 World Cup subsequent 12 months. I’m persevering with to work by myself sport so I can proceed to contribute to the workforce’s fortunes. As a centre, my job is to be efficient on each ends of the sector by serving to out the defence, in addition to the assault. I really feel I’m a skilful participant, and attacking comes extra naturally to me, however I wish to keep a stability in my sport,” Neha concluded.
The FIH girls’s World Cup shall be held concurrently in Terrassa, Spain and Amstelveen, the Netherlands from 1 to 17 July, 2022. Nonetheless, Indian Olympic Affiliation president and FIH chief Narinder Batra mentioned earlier this month that it’s extremely unlikely that the Indian groups will skip the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Video games in an effort to hit peak type in the course of the Asiad, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympic Video games.
The Birmingham meet is to start from July 28 to August eight whereas the Asian Video games is to start from September 10 to 15, the distinction between the 2 tournaments is simply 35 days.