Ultimate goal remains Olympic podium: Manpreet Singh

BUENOS AIRES: The Indian men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh considers the recent success against reigning Olympic champions
Argentina a big confidence-booster, but insists that the team still needs to address some grey areas as it pursues a podium finish in Tokyo.
Eight-time champions India are looking to end an over four-decade-long Olympic medal drought in Tokyo this year. India had won last of their eight
Olympic gold medals in the 1980 Moscow Games before the team endured a sharp slide in its fortunes.
“No doubt winning against a really strong team like Argentina in their home ground is a big confidence booster, but we shouldn’t read too much into the results.
“We need to keep our heads down and remain focused on the areas that require improvement on the basis of our performance here. Our task is not over until we stand on the podium in Tokyo,” Manpreet said in a statement issued by Hockey India.
In the Argentina tour that conclude on Wednesday, India defeated the hosts in a two-leg FIH Pro League away tie, besides registering two wins, one draw and a loss in the four practice matches.

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