Star Indian ladies’s hockey group striker Vandana Katariya has set her eyes on wining the gold medal on this yr’s Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China to assist them straight qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Vandana, a member of India’s historic fourth-place completed facet within the Tokyo Olympics, can also be eyeing a top-two outcome on this yr’s FIH Ladies’s World Cup to be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17.
“The aim that I’ve set for myself this yr is to assist the group win the gold medal within the Asian Video games so we are able to safe our qualification for the 2024 Olympics.
“I’m additionally excited for the World Cup this yr, the place our aim is to make it into the ultimate of the competitors. I’m going to work actually arduous on my technical abilities in coaching, as a result of that’s the easiest way that I will help the group’s trigger,” Vandana mentioned in a launch issued by Hockey India.
Following her father’s loss of life in April 2021, Vandana additionally spoke concerning the assist she had acquired from her teammates and chief coach Janneke Schopman at a troublesome interval in her life.
“After shedding my father final yr, the assist that I acquired from my teammates, nationwide group employees and (chief coach) Janneke Schopman helped me stand on my ft once more.
“It has been a significant turning level in my life and my profession. I realised that identical to I’ve a household again house, these individuals are like my household within the nationwide camp,” she mentioned.
Vandana rose to stardom final yr by changing into the primary Indian ladies’s hockey participant ever to attain a hat-trick within the Olympics. Vandana’s efforts contributed to the Indian ladies’s hockey group registering its best-ever efficiency on the Olympic Video games.