Lilima, a key Indian midfield player, made her Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games when the women’s team qualified for the quadrennial event after 36 years.

Indian women’s hockey team’s experienced midfielder Lilima Minz said on Thursday that there was healthy competition in the team due to the emergence of many young talents and that she will need to be at her best to guarantee a second Olympic appearance.

Lilima, a key player from India in the midfield, made her Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games when the women’s team qualified for the quadrennial event after 36 years.

Since then, she has been a regular with the Indian squad, making 133 appearances to date.

“There are a lot of new and young players in this (national) camp who have brought a new approach and good, healthy competition to the team. There is a good competition for the places in the final team and I have to work hard and prove my worth for my inclusion if I want to make it, ”said Lilima.

“That’s what motivates me to keep playing, because it’s every player’s dream to play in the Olympics, and I know all of our players are all doing the same,” added the 27-year-old from the district. from Sundargarh to Odisha, famous for producing many international players.

Lilima said the mix of youth and experience in the ongoing national camp in Bangalore bodes well for the team.

“The Olympic base group at the moment is a very healthy mix of experienced players and young players. This kind of balance allows young players to be guided by senior members who know what it’s like to play at Olympic level before. “

“At the same time, the young players keep the senior members on their toes because they know there is someone who can replace them if they are not performing well,” she said.

“The fact that several players from the 2016 Olympics team are here at this camp is a good thing because sometimes players can be overwhelmed at a big occasion like the Olympics. This is where players who have been there can offer their much needed advice. “

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