Qualifying for the Junior Women’s World Cup is our main aim in 2021: Defender Mahima Choudhary

Harpal Singh Bedi

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New Delhi:  Qualifying for the Junior Women’s World Cup is our main  aim in  2021 and we are focused on it  said talented  defender Mahima Choudhary .Hide quoted text

The  Junior Women’s World Cup scheduled for 5 December to 16 December 2021 will be held in Potchefstroom, South Africa. In addition to South Africa who qualify automatically as hosts, 15 other teams will qualify from five separate continental competitions.

“What happened in 2020 is behind us now. We don’t want to think about what we missed out due to the pandemic but we want to look ahead to 2021 with optimism. and one of the main task is to qualify for the World Cup .” Mahima Choudhary  told Hockey India in  Bengaluru.

” It is a crucial year for us with the  Junior World Cup being held in December for which we will need to qualify by winning the Junior Asia Cup scheduled to be held in April, 2021. That will be our first goal for 2021,” 

 “We are happy to be back in the National Camp and train in a bio-secure environment. We are slowly getting back to our previous rhythm and are mentally and physically focused on doing well at the Junior Asia Cup.

” In the previous edition of the Junior Asia Cup in 2015, India had finished 4th. We want to better the result this time by finishing on the podium and securing a qualification for the FIH Junior World Cup,” .

Training in the same campus as their senior counterparts, Mahima  feels there is a lot to watch and learn from the work ethics of the seniors .

 “Over the past couple of years, the Senior Team has set the benchmark high for us to emulate. Having succeeded in continental championships and improving their world ranking too, they have inspired us all along. Getting to watch them train closely as we are housed in the same campus is a big learning experience for all of us in the Junior Core Group. 

According to Mahima ,the work ethics of some of the senior players is awe-inspiring and ” I feel a great sense of motivation to improve my own performance when I watch them train.” 

 Sharmila , her teammate from her club side in Sonepat Haryana has already made it to the senior side, Mahima  is confident of making it to the  senior team in future  but for now she is  focused on doing well for the junior team. 

“Yes, Sharmila came into the Junior Core Group two years after me and now she already plays for the Senior Team. I am happy for her. Hard work and good performance gets due recognition and I believe my time will come too. I just need to be patient and work hard on my own game and execute what’s expected of me,” she added


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