Oly postponement gives time to prepare better: Gurjit Kaur

Chandigarh, April 2 (IANS) Indian drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur feels the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics is disappointing but it gives her more time to prepare. The coronavirus outbreak forced the Olympics to be pushed to next year. Gurjit was due to go for her first Games.

“It (delaying of the games) is a bit disappointing but it gives the team more time to prepare. I take it as a blessing in disguise,” Gurjit told The Times of India.

“There is no panic or fear absolutely in the camp. The team maintains social distancing, takes all safety precautions, and stays motivated as a unit.”

“I was never a natural drag-flicker. I didn’t know much about the trick when I first got selected for the senior team but I tried to gain knowledge about it because it was the team’s requirement,” she revealed.

Quizzed how she was able to achieve it, she said: “I watched the videos of all the penalty-corner specialists of the world and tried to copy their technique in training. It worked out pretty well for me but I need to perfect it still.”

Gurjit said her goal is to be more matured and sound the board more consistently.

“Be more mature and score at a consistent level.”

Hockey India has pledged to contribute Rs 25 lakhs towards the PM Cares Fund in a bid to join country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.