Indian junior women's hockey team captain Suman Devi Thodam said on Thursday that the Kovid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown shocked their chances of qualifying for the World Cup 2021.
The Indian team was expected to make it to the FIH Junior Women's World Cup 2021 through the 2020 Women's Junior Asia Cup to be held in Japan from April 6. Junior Asia Cup was canceled due to coronavirus epidemic.
The lockdown hindered our preparations: Suman said, 'We were in the national coaching camp from the first week of March and we were committed to do well in the Junior Asia Cup, so that we could be in the FIH Junior World Cup 2021 to be held in South Africa. Could qualify directly for But Kovid-19 and then lockdown hindered our preparations. 'He said,' As a team we were very well prepared and last year we did well. We were confident of doing well in the Junior Asia Cup in Japan. '