Delhi belly isn’t a problem for members of the Canadian women’s hockey team, which arrived here in the wee hours of Saturday to compete in the Olympic Qualifiers, beginning February 18 at the National Stadium.
Skipper Katie Baker says none of the team members feels homesick due to the food in the Capital. “We had learned a lot on our previous visit, during the Delhi Commonwealth Games. It will help us now,” she said.
Almost all the players who participated in the Delhi Games are part of the current team. “Hence, we didn’t give much thought to eating habits of individuals,” said Katie.
However, the team has brought a bagful of energy bars. And the players were seen munching them during breaks in between training on Saturday. “It’s instant source of energy,” she said.
Katie & Co is also not worried about the weather. “It’s bit humid at this time of the year, but its okay. We have some days at hand before the real action begins,” she said after the team’s first training session.
Despite over 18 hours of journey from Vancouver to Delhi via Frankfurt, the jetlag didn’t prevent them from sweating it out for over an hour.
“The sooner we settle down the better,” Katie, who has played over 70 international matches, said.
On the preparation for the tournament, which is the last ticket to London, she said: “Like other nations in the fray, we too cherish the Olympic dream.” But the Vancouver-based player didn’t divulge the strength of the team. “All players are good,” she said.
In the past two decades, Canadian women have failed to secure an Olympic berth. But Katie said they would put their best foot forward this time around. In the six-nation round-robin league, Canada is ranked third behind South Africa and India.
Meanwhile, the Italian men and women’s teams also arrived on Saturday.