After excelling in the Olympic qualifiers in New Delhi, ace Indian drag-flicker Sandeep Singh has now set a target of scoring more goals in the upcoming London Olympics in July.
"I had set a target to set more goals in Olympic qualifiers and will continue to do so in London Olympics and do well to see India through in the mega sports event," said Sandeep, who scored five goals in the finals of Olympic qualifiers against France.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a function organised by Hockey India (HI) to felicitate Team India's performance in the Olympic qualifiers in February.
On playing hockey on the blue turf with yellow balls at Olympics, Sandeep said his team had not played on it but would know the difference only after playing couple of matches.
He, however, said the team was not too worried about the blue or green turfs and they were mentally prepared to take on the field and play for a win.
"On earlier occasions we have played on various turfs in different countries and performed well," he said.
Asked if the present set of coaches and physios had made any difference in Team India's performance, Sandeep said "We are playing attacking and aggressive hockey."
Asserting that the team would go all out for a win, he said the one thing etched in Team India's mind was that 'no mercy' would be shown to any side.
In the programme organised at The Lalit Ashok, HI honoured all the 18 players of the winning Olympic Qualifying squad and presented Rs 1 lakh, in addition to one I-pad, to each of them.
HI also felicitated the support staff of the winning team and presented each with Rs 50,000 and an I-pad.
HI President Mariama Koshy, Secretary General Narinder Batra and Senior Vice-President Pratap Satpathy were present on the occasion.
Mrs Jyotsna Suri, CMD, Hotel The Lalit, also honoredl the players of the Olympic Qualifying team with Rs one lakh each, while each member of the support staff was presented with Rs 50,000.