Having made his senior debut in 2013, Mandeep is the most experienced forward on the Indian team.
“I don’t think there is any additional pressure on me because I have good support from the rest of the players. We have good communication on the field and on a good day, we can break through the toughest defense,” said the 26-year-old. -Old forward of Jalandhar.
Singh has already played more than 150 international matches for the country, but is now making his Olympic debut.
The agile forward, who is known for his quick reflexes and positioning in front of goal, said he lived within a bio-bubble in the SAI center in Bengaluru for the past year and a half due to COVID, India is far better placed than any other nation that plays hockey at the Olympics.
“We are very used to COVID protocols. Here, we do the tests every morning, it is a very simple process and the results come out at night,” Mandeep said.
“It’s been great so far. Although it took us some time at the airport due to tests and other procedures, since we checked in at Games Village, it has been amazing. Everything is well organized and everyone is very careful with everything. Protocols .
“The food is very good and some Indian dishes are also served every day. The support staff also make sure we are in good physical and mental shape before our first game.”
India will play New Zealand in their opener on Saturday and Mandeep said they are prepared for the job ahead.
“… now we can interact with other teams. Today was the first day that we were also able to play on the main competition field and it is certainly a fantastic stadium.
“We are looking forward to playing our first game against New Zealand,” he said.
Ranked fourth in the world, India would seek to break its Olympic medal drought of more than four decades. His last of the eight gold medals dates back to the 1980 Moscow Games.