Drag-flicker Varun Kumar believes that the Indian hockey team’s one-month break from the sport will help the players recharge their batteries for the challenges ahead, the major one being next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

The Indian hockey team was held up at Bengaluru’s Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex for more than two months due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The players were recently given a month’s break after lockdown restrictions were eased.

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“I see this period at home as one where we will get the chance to rejuvenate ourselves, and restart everything from scratch keeping in mind that we need to be peaking during the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start in July 2021,” Varun said.

“It’s not always about how fresh you are physically, but there is also a lot of focus on mental…

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