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Indian women's hockey team defender Deep Grace Ekka (Photo/ Hockey India)
Indian women's hockey team defender Deep Grace Ekka (Photo/ Hockey India)

It is my duty to keep youngsters motivated, says Deep Grace Ekka

ANI | Updated: Oct 15, 2020 11:51 IST

New Delhi [India], October 15 (ANI): Indian women's hockey team defender Deep Grace Ekka believes that it is her responsibility to ensure that the youngsters in the team remained motivated during the tough period of coronavirus pandemic.
It has been a difficult time for the entire world in the last few months, however, the women's team has been working towards their goal of winning an Olympic Medal in whichever way they can.
"As a senior player in the team, I had to make sure that the youngsters are not too impacted and remain positive during this period. It's easy for negativity to set in during this time, but our group has done well to take each day as it comes. It's my duty to ensure that the youngsters remain motivated and they have done a great job. All of us focused on our fitness while we were away from the pitch and now, we are relishing our sports activities on the pitch," Ekka said in a Hockey India release.

The defender added that the national side has been able to cope with this period only because of the immense support received from Hockey India and SAI.
"Hockey India and SAI have always treated us like family and they have helped us tremendously in the last few months. We had enough facilities at our disposal for our fitness training during the lockdown and now, we are able to practice for the Olympics only because of the efforts put in by Hockey India and SAI," said the 26-year-old.
Ekka said that the Indian defense line has a fantastic balance of youth and experienced players which will certainly help the national side in big tournaments including the next year's Tokyo Olympics.
"It's great to have a great balance of youth and experienced players in our defense line. We are guiding the youngsters to get even better at their game and I am sure after a few months we will get even better as a defense unit. Having a great defense line always helps any team and if we are rock solid then it will be a huge benefit for the Indian team, especially in big tournaments like the Olympics," she concluded. (ANI)