In an interview with Sportstar, Indian men’s hockey team coach Graham Reid stated that it was crucial to help players overcome the mental challenges of being away from their family during the lockdown period.

How did you keep the players mentally positive in these uncertain times?

It was crucial to make sure that the players were feeling positive mentally during this lockdown period. They were away from their families, so we tried to make sure that we were talking about positive things in our individual and online meetings. We tried to keep the players occupied through some video analysis, and spoke about their performances in the last year and what we expect from them once we return to international hockey. We tried to touch base with the players every day to see how they and their families have been doing. We crack jokes with the players, and try to keep them in a jovial frame of…

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