The team exceeded all expectations by reaching the semi-finals for the first time and, on Monday morning, ensured themselves a historic first medal after beating a strong New Zealand team in the semi-finals on Monday morning.
They had all the reasons to get a good night’s sleep as they had nothing to lose and everything to gain as no one would have blamed them for succumbing to nerves as they reached their first final. were playing.
But the players were determined that they would not let this opportunity pass by. Some of them meditated to calm their nerves, while others talked with friends and teammates to motivate themselves.
“We were happy after winning the semi-final yesterday. After that win, our confidence in our abilities was increased and we decided that we have to repeat the same spirit and determination in the final. We decided that we will go to the final with that. “Decision, same spirit and same teamwork as we showed against New Zealand,” Roopa Rani Tirkey said on Tuesday.
“But we couldn’t sleep the whole night. We kept thinking how would people react if we lost the final, these kinds of thoughts kept coming to mind but then we consoled ourselves saying whatever will happen will happen and God is everything. Will take over,” said Roopa, who displayed nerves of steel to win crucial points for the country in the semi-finals and final.
He said, “When we prepared for the final, we felt refreshed. It was a new day and we thought that this is also the day that will bring our sport in the limelight in India. We were very determined to win medals. “
The team’s chief and most experienced player Lovely Choubey said that the best thing about this team was the positive energy around them, although there were negative thoughts on their narrow defeats in the past.
“We were very determined to do well this time. We lost several times by narrow margins and wanted to do it again. There was positive energy around the team and we looked at each other’s determination to do our best. Pay attention,” she said. Told.
Lovely commended the Lawn Bowl Federation of India for giving them the freedom to choose their combination and work together. “I have to thank our federation and coaches for giving us the freedom to choose our combinations and practice together at Yumana Sports Complex in New Delhi and Ranchi. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has also helped a lot and the credit goes to it. To show faith in us,” the Indian team leadership said.
The interesting thing about all this is that the team won without the services of a coach. Anju Luthra, who is the designated coach here, has actually been with the team since 2008, when the decision to include the team in the Commonwealth Games was taken as India, being the hosts, got berths in all the events.
For some players and manager Anju Luthra, this was the fourth Commonwealth Games.
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