Missing CWG 2022 Was Shattering, Says Hockey Forward Navjot Kaur

Indian women’s hockey team’s forward Navjot Kaur expressed her disappointment in missing the bronze-winning campaign because of COVID-19. 

Navjot Kaur, the Indian women’s hockey team’s veteran forward, expressed her disappointment in missing the bronze-winning campaign at the Commonwealth Games 2022. The forward was sent back home from Birmingham after Navjot tested positive for COVID-19 before the campaign’s beginning. The 2022 edition would have been Navjot’s third appearance in the CWG.

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Navjot’s disappointing experience

Navjot expressed her painful experience by saying, “I tested positive when I was in Nottingham, where we were training before checking into the Games village. I had no major symptoms and was hopeful of getting back to the team by the time we moved to the village. I was being tested every day and unfortunately, it kept showing positive readings.”

“To be honest, it was disappointing to leave like that. It was very difficult and hard for me to accept. I haven’t missed out on any major tournament ever before, so I was dealing with this situation for the first time in my career,” she added.

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200 matches under the belt

Since 2012, Navjot has represented India in over 200 games. The forward has played for India in almost every major tournament and has been a crucial part of important victories.

As per Navjot, it was her teammates and support staff who helped her mentally to deal with the ordeal. Navjot explained, “Our chief coach Janneke Schopman, staff members and my teammates were in constant touch with me throughout. They were checking on me every day during the isolation phase. I feel lucky to be part of such a wonderful team; they were really supportive and helped me during the tough time.”

Speaking about India’s win, Navjot said, “I watched all the matches with my family. It was heartbreaking to see the team lose against Australia with a very narrow margin. But, the way the team bounced back to win bronze was really inspiring. The World Cup campaign was also disappointing. We were playing quite well. It’s just that the results weren’t in our favour. But, really proud of the team for the way they fought back and ended the long Europe tour with a historic bronze medal.”

What’s next?

FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup is the target

As of now, Navjot is training hard along with the team at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru as the squad prepares for the upcoming FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup.

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