England hockey player Sam Ward, who is blind in one eye, aims to win 2022 CWG Gold

CWG 2022 Hockey LIVE: England’s masked hero on the hockey team, Sam Ward is ready to show he’s ‘invincible’ as…

CWG 2022 Hockey LIVE: England’s masked hero in the hockey team, Sam Ward is ready to show he’s ‘invincible’ as he prepares to lead his side to a podium finish at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Ward suffered a horrific head injury in 2019 that left him blind in his left eye, but the 31-year-old overcame the career-threatening injury and made a heroic return to the squad at the Olympics of Tokyo in 2021 and has been an integral part of English. side. Follow the CWG 2022 LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

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Speaking ahead of the Commonwealth Games to The Sun, Sam Ward said: “The Commonwealth Games are really tough as a tournament but we are the third highest ranked nation so hopefully we can go and perform at this level and maybe even raise a few spots. This is the dream.

Ward, who has played as an England striker since 2014, suffered a horrific injury during an Olympic qualifier against Malaysia in 2019 when a shot from team-mate Harry Martin hit him in the left eye. Ward lost his sight with a crushed retina and also suffered seven facial fractures. He then underwent surgery in which the top of his head was cut from ear to ear and four plates and 31 screws were inserted inside his face. However, her vision did not return to her left eye.

However, being the fighter that he is, Ward returned to the Olympic team 20 months after the incident wearing a face mask. He was Britain’s top scorer in the tournament, but his side narrowly missed out on the podium. “It was a big step to get back on the court after this injury. But all athletes are wired differently, otherwise they wouldn’t achieve what they have. I’m probably wired even more differently – you’d probably say I’m really kinda stupid. Coming back to the pitch was huge”

CWG 2022 Hockey LIVE: Meet England’s bravest hockey player who is blind in one eye but determined to beat India and win GOLD: Follow INDIA vs ENGLAND Hockey LIVE

“If I hadn’t come back and played like before, with bravery, I would be a waste of space and I wouldn’t deserve my place in the team. I wanted to come back and give him the full pig If anything, the mask makes me feel a bit invincible and probably dumber.

Ward will now be hoping to continue his good show for England this time at the Commonwealth Games and hope to get a medal this time. “Getting a medal would mean the world to me because I haven’t had one since the incident. So bringing home any medal after that would be quite important because it’s a sign of perseverance and a sense of accomplishment.

England won bronze at the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast beating India 6-0 in the bronze medal game. This time they will perform in front of their home crowd and will be placed in a group that includes India, Canada, Wales and Ghana. The hosts will start their campaign by taking on Ghana in the opening match on July 29, Friday.

Ward meanwhile hopes to continue playing for his country for as long as possible. “If I had retired after Tokyo, I would be sitting here thinking, ‘What if? and regret it. My plan is to keep grinding and keep going for as long as possible until I no longer win my selection,” he concluded.

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Catherine J. Martinez