Belgium decided to enhance on Rio Games silver


There had been few issues extra annoying for Belgian hockey participant Arthur van Doren than the expression “you’ve got to lose a final before you win one”.

What was an try and console Van Doren after his group needed to accept the silver medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics solely served to make his blood boil.

But the 26-year-old defender, twice named hockey’s Player of the Year, begrudgingly admits there is likely to be a modicum of reality to it.

He and his group mates have bounced again from the frustration of 4-2 loss to Argentina within the gold medal match to win the World Cup two years later and can begin the 12-team Tokyo Olympics match as favourites.

“I found that annoying but there is a little bit of truth in it. Losing acquires a bit more hunger, it pushes you to train and work a little bit harder and I think we acquired some experience from that match,” he instructed Reuters in an interview.

“It ended up being a difficult moment, because you obviously want to win, but a very good lesson for the future.”

Since Rio, Belgium have gone from power to power, taking the World Cup in India, then a primary ever European title in 2019 and this 12 months’s ProLeague, a round-robin competitors involving the world’s prime 9 hockey enjoying nations.


The Rio Games silver medal has been the spur to go on to higher issues.

“It’s obviously a very nice memory but we also kept it as fuel for tournaments after that as well, for example the World Cup and the Europeans,” Van Doren stated.

Belgium’s Red Lions are reaping the rewards of an formidable expertise identification programme launched greater than a decade in the past which has catapulted the small nation into the ranks of the world’s greatest.

“It’s not often that a generation produces five or six really top hockey players. Probably every generation has one or two but not four, five or even six (who) have ended up being the spine of the Red Lions at the moment,” he added.

Olympic gold can be the cherry on prime.

“You have to be realistic, there are perhaps four-five really good contenders for the gold, so in hockey nowadays if you are not at 100% you are going to lose to a lot of teams,” he added.

“It’s going to be an attention-grabbing match … with the virus, the protocols, the warmth. We will deal with our course of and the issues we predict we have to do to achieve success.

“If we end up being successful … awesome … if we don’t we will definitely have done everything we could.”

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