Navjot Kaur on September 1, mentioned that all the players deserve credit for India’s historic victory on the inaugural Women’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup, the place they defeated Thailand 7-2 within the Final to carry the elusive trophy and, consequently, certified for the FIH Women’s Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024.
Navjot Kaur led the Indian workforce to an undefeated end within the prestigious match, which additionally served as a qualifying occasion for the FIH Women’s Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024. India received their first recreation 7-2 in opposition to Malaysia, then went on to defeat Japan 7-1 of their second recreation earlier than defeating Thailand 5-Four of their third match. They defeated Malaysia 9-5 within the Semi-Finals after which defeated Thailand 7-2 within the Final.
For their win and wonderful efficiency, Hockey India additionally introduced Rs 2 Lakh to every participant of the workforce, whereas Rs 1 Lakh every for the assist workers.
Captain Navjot Kaur, who scored seven targets within the match, expressed her delight at winning the inaugural Women’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup. She mentioned, “It’s not just the Captain or Vice-Captain who has the responsibility. The younger players are ready to take on responsibility. A special thanks to our Coach Soundarya Yendala for instilling these qualities in the team. I believe that everyone associated with the team should be given the credit for this success.”
“It was a fantastic tournament and playing against quality teams will be a big boost for the players ahead of the all-important FIH Women’s Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024. We have learned a lot of things and we will be working on the same going forward. We will not be taking anything for granted. We have good 3-4 months before the FIH Women’s Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024, so we have enough time on our hands to work on our weaknesses,” she added.
Meanwhile, Vice-Captain Jyoti additionally talked about her expertise in Oman. She mentioned, “Overall, I think it was a good outing. Playing away games against quality sides is always challenging and I feel we lived up to the billing and played exceptional hockey. We were aware of what our Coach expects from us as a team and that makes our work a bit easier. However, we still have to keep working hard every day during our training as we know that the more we work hard in the practice sessions, the less we struggle in the crucial tournaments.”
(with inputs from ANI)