COVID-19 experience has made me mentally tougher, says Manpreet Singh


Indian mens hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh said that going through stressful isolation period in order to recover from deadly coronavirus has made him a mentally strong player. After battling from the novel coronavirus he said that he is mentally prepared to face any situation in life from now onwards.

He was one of the six Indian hockey players to test positive for COVID-19 at the team training base in Bengaluru when they arrived last month for National camp.

All the six players have recovered now and they are doing their training individually at the moment. But he said that he still miss being the part of the Indian squad while they are recovering however Hockey India, Sports Authority of India and support staff are working hard to keep them upbeat about what’s happening within the team.

Hockey India officials would check on us almost every day If the food provided is good, if our tele-treatment was done regularly , if we are monitoring our oxygen levels regularly and so on“.

“It was not easy mentally . I have not done anything for a month and that’s a long time for a sportspersons carrier especially when every day is about improving and being the best” Manpreet said.

He also thanked his scientific advisor Robin Arkel who has been instrumental in guiding all the players to keep themselves fit during this pandemic time.

Manpreet appreciated SAI role in helping those players who get affected from COVID-19 in a post-recovery action plan to ensure a smooth return of players towards sports activities once they have recovered from COVID-19.