"There is enough competition within the core group to make the final squad. I understand this Olympics may be very different from the previous ones. But representing India at the Olympics Games is every sports person's dream," Goyal was quoted as saying by a Hockey India release.
Amit Rohidas feels video analysis played big role in India men's hockey team's recent succesful tours
Rohidas also said that players' sole focus is on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the recent successful tours have boosted their confidence.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: COVID-19 infection has not deterred my confidence, focus is on Games, says Navjot Kaur
Navjot Kaur has now recovered from the infection after being in quarantine for 14 days.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Strongly believe we have best chance to win medal, says India men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh
India have won eight gold medals in the past, but their last top finish came way back in 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on 17 April and was admitted to a nursing home in New Delhi.
The six other India players are Savita Punia, Sharmila Devi, Rajani, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Sushila while the two support staff are video analyst Amrutaprakash and scientific advisor Wayne Lombard.
Erstwhile powerhouse of the game, India won last of their eight Olympic gold medals in the 1980 Moscow Games, and will be hoping to end the drought later this year.
Kaushik had coached both the senior men and women teams. Under his coaching, India men's team had won their last major international tournament, the 1998 Asian Games, Bangkok.
FIH Hockey Pro League: India's away fixtures against Spain and Germany postponed due to travel restrictions
The Indian men's hockey team was scheduled to play against Spain on 15 and 16 May, followed by the two-leg tie in Germany on 23 and 24 May.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian men's hockey team forward Lalit Upadhyay says players need to work on converting chances
In the recent Argentina tour, the Indian team scored 12 goals in four practice matches and five goals in two FIH Pro League games against the Olympic champions, but Lalit said there is still room for improvement as nine goals came via penalty corners.
India will also take on Australia and Spain in February as they plays five away matches that month before taking on Germany and Argentina at home.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian men's hockey team should aim for medal, not be satisfied with 'Olympian title', says Vasudevan Baskaran
Baskaran, who had led India to its last Olympic gold medal in hockey in the 1980 Moscow edition, advised to the team to keep up its confidence level.
The 22-year-old from Jalandhar attributed their success at the recent tours of Argentina and Europe to the high-intensity training at the camp.
"To be among the best, we have to constantly test ourselves against the best and I was very happy with the way I performed in the FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Argentina," Singh said.
Indian hockey forward Mandeep Singh says team's performance against Argentina a huge confidence booster
Mandeep said the coordination among players during the tours of Argentina and Europe was a huge plus point for the team.
Virendra Singh had officiated in a number of All India tournaments and National Championships and as an umpire's manager, his role included electing the best possible umpires for matches.
The Indian women's hockey core group had returned to the national camp in Bengaluru on Sunday last to restart the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics after a 10-day break.
Focus is on converting opportunities in the circle, says Indian women's hockey midfielder Nikki Pradhan
The Indian team had gone for an exposure tour to Argentina and Germany early this year after returning to action following a year's break because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Argentina tour was an important experience for all of us. We were yearning for proper match practice while building up towards the Olympics," Nilakanta said in a Hockey India release.
India's FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Great Britain postponed due to COVID-enforced travel restrictions
India and Great Britain were scheduled to play on 8 and 9 May in London