Seniors like Rani and Savita – the captain and the vice-captain – helped ease the pain of confinement during lockdown for the Indian women’s hockey team at the Sports Authority of India premises in Bengaluru, striker Lalremsiami has said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams were locked up at the hostel in SAI, Bengaluru, for more than three months after reporting at the national camp which was planned to be held at the campus. The homesick players returned to their families earlier this week.

Lalremiami said, “Had it not been for the seniors in the team like Rani and Savita who played a huge role in keeping us youngsters motivated, it would have been difficult for us to spend so many days in our hostel rooms with barely any activity apart from some fitness workouts in our rooms.”

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