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Sardar Singh feels Indian Hockey team deserves gold after all the hard work

first_imgSardar Singh is not new to responsibilities. He has been the face of Indian hockey for years now, often singlehandedly holding the team together in tough situations. Sardar has seen a lot of changes during his career – from coaches being axed to top players retiring; from not qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to making it to London four years later.Even after years of hard work, the midfielder’s love for the sport remains undiminished. With the team set for its next challenge – the Incheon Asian Games – Sardar is hoping to not just guide his team to a gold medal but also make a significant contribution to the team’s cause. “Besides the additional responsibility as skipper, I have always tried to ensure that my contribution as a player is not undermined. I never miss training sessions. I try to improve my performance every day,” Sardar told MAIL TODAY before the team’s departure to South Korea.So focused is the captain on the task at hand that he has even stopped using social networking sites to avoid distraction. “I have not been using my Facebook account for quite some time. My Twitter account is being managed by my fiance Ashpal Bhogal. I have tried to stay away from distractions.” Optimistic as always, Sardar feels the month-long camp was useful and the team is determined not to settle for anything except the gold medal. “We have prepared well and are just waiting for the Asian Games to start,” Sardar said.advertisement”With the way we have been training, the team deserves a gold medal. Of course, there are good teams like Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia, but I have full confidence in my team.”The skipper says his team might have an advantage in Incheon since they have been playing according to the new four-quarter format in the Hockey India League for two years. “All of us have played in the Hockey India League. So, we have a fair idea about the format,” he said.last_img

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