Indian Men’s hockey team defeated the German team 5-4 in the Bronze medal match to script history and win an Olympic medal after a drought of 41 years. The last time India won a medal in Olympics was in the year 1980 at the Moscow Olympics.
At one point of time in the match, India was reeling behind with a scoreline of 1-3 at the end of the first quarter. Then we saw the great comeback of the team with back to back 4 goals and taking the score to 5-3.
However, Germany tried to pull things together and play aggressively in the last quarter of the match. They even managed to score a goal, ultimately making the score 5-4 in favour of India.
This bronze medal win is being dubbed as the great revival of Hockey in India after the horrific 2008 Beijing Olympics when India failed to qualify and the subsequent 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics where the performance was not up to the mark.
India has a rich history of winning medals at the Olympics with 7 Gold, 1 Silver & 2 bronze before this win.
Indian captain Manpreet singh said after the match, “And, now the long waiting dream has been fulfilled. This was a collective effort, from all the players, coaches and support staff. Their unrelenting backing has resulted in a positive outcome today. I dedicate this victory to the COVID warriors, who have been working relentlessly to save lives. This medal came after 41 long years and I’m confident that my team will continue to improve and perform better in the upcoming events also.”
Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh on the occasion said that, “It’s a rebirth, that’s it” and Rupinder Pal Sing said that people are forgetting hockey in India but we won today, keep believing in us.
After the win wishes have started to pour in from all the hockey admirers in India.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Historic! A day that will be etched in the memory of every Indian.
Congratulations to our Men’s Hockey Team for bringing home the Bronze. With this feat, they have captured the imagination of the entire nation, especially our youth. India is proud of our Hockey team.”
Former minister of youth affairs Kiren Rijiju said that “Our Hockey teams have done India proud but we must not forget those long & arduous journey of players to reach this historic moment. Medals are made out of blood, sweat and tears. Remembering those special moments during their long journey!”
Former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir tweeted, “Forget 1983, 2007 or 2011, this medal in Hockey is bigger than any World Cup!”