Deepika, a Khelo India U21 player, talks about her plans to represent India at the Paris Olympics in hockey

Since the start of the Khelo India U21 Women’s Hockey League, Indian hockey player Deepika has dominated the headlines. She has eight goals in three games so far in the competition.

India’s junior women’s hockey team is currently preparing for the Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup. Due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the World Cup, which was scheduled for December 2021, will now be held in 2022.

Deepika said she wants to represent India at the next Olympics while speaking about the ongoing Khelo India U21 Women’s Hockey League.

“This tournament is just the beginning; I have a long road ahead of me and many dreams to realise.” My focus is on the Olympics, and I will be overjoyed if not only myself, but every member of the squad currently in action, is selected to compete. We’ve been playing together for 3-4 years and have developed a strong bond. During the game, we keep encouraging all of our teammates,” Deepika said.

Olympics In Hockey
Olympics In Hockey

Deepika, who comes from a wrestling family, wanted to be a hockey player.

“My family is mostly made up of wrestlers; my uncle and brother are both wrestlers, and they all wanted me to participate in the sport as well.” But I was dead set on playing hockey. “I want to show that you don’t have to wrestle if you’re from Haryana; you can participate in other sports,” Deepika added.

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Deepika claimed that the team has been working hard in the gym and that every last detail is being scrutinised.

“Since 2019, we’ve been training together at the SAI National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru, where we’re fed and have all of our needs met.” Hockey India, on the other hand, assists us in the best way possible. They provide everything we need, and I am grateful to both SAI and Hockey India for contributing so much to our journey.” “Ahead of the World Cup, we’re getting the best possible support from the staff.” “Our coach Erik Wonink sir is working extra hard to get us ready for the Hockey World Cup, which has been postponed until next year,” Deepika said.

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