Nilakanta was a significant cog in India’s midfield in Tokyo, the place the nation ended a 41-year-old Olympic medal drought. Before Tokyo, India’s final medal — a gold — got here within the 1980 Moscow Games.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 01:43 PM IST
Indian males’s hockey staff midfielder Nilakanta Sharma hopes his contribution to the nation’s bronze medal-winning feat on the Tokyo Olympics will inspire a technology of youngsters from his dwelling state Manipur to take up the game professionally.
Nilakanta was a significant cog in India’s midfield in Tokyo, the place the nation ended a 41-year-old Olympic medal drought.
Before Tokyo, India’s final medal — a gold — got here within the 1980 Moscow Games.
“Definitely there is a lot of potential for Manipur hockey to grow further. A lot of good things are happening in the state and the emphasis is on creating good infrastructure. I hope my performance in Tokyo has inspired more youngsters from my state to take up hockey,” the 26-year-old mentioned in a Hockey India launch.
Nilakanta, who was promoted to the senior rank in 2017, a year after profitable the FIH Junior World Cup in Lucknow, believes the important thing to success for a participant is steady enchancment.
He is focusing on extra laurels subsequent year.
“I have had some time to introspect about my own performance over these past few years with the senior team. I think I have been very fortunate to have played along with some of the best players in India and have been able to learn a lot from them.
“I at all times like to preserve issues easy and execute what is predicted of me. Each participant is assigned a sure function by the coach and I simply strive to stick to it,” he said.
“I imagine there’s a lot of scope for me to enhance my personal recreation from right here on and build on this efficiency in Tokyo. It was completely an unbelievable feeling to win the bronze medal.”
On a break after the success in Tokyo, Nilakanta is eager to regroup with his teammates at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru when the national camp begins next month.
“We will now sit down as a staff and analyse our efficiency within the Olympics. I personally like these staff conferences as a result of everybody contributes and will get to put throughout their views.
“We discuss what worked for us as a team and what didn’t. Also, there is so much to learn from the leadership group which includes the senior players,” he mentioned. PTI SSC SSC AH AH
This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.