Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with the men’s and women’s hockey teams after their bronze medal game at the Tokyo Olympics. The Prime Minister congratulated both team captains and coaches for their remarkable performance in the Olympics since 1980.
After the Bronze Medal match, Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji spoke to the Indian Women's Hockey Team.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 6, 2021
The women’s team have shocked the entire hockey world having entered the tournament while being the lowest-ranked side. The Indian side managed to make it out of the group stages and into the knockout rounds. The biggest shock of the tournament came in the quarterfinals against the then world number two Australia who were the favourites to win the entire tournament. A 1-0 victory over the Aussies took team India into their first semi-final in the Olympics. A hard-fought defeat followed team India in the semi-finals against Argentina. Today, the Indian women created history by placing fourth and levelling their best-ever finish in the Olympics since 1980.
“We narrowly missed a medal in Women’s Hockey but this team reflects the spirit of New India- where we give our best and scale new frontiers. More importantly, their success at Tokyo will motivate young daughters of India to take up Hockey and excel in it. Proud of this team.” twitted the Prime Minister following the Bronze Medal match against Great Britain.
The men’s hockey team suffered a single defeat in pool A against Australia but were quick to recover for it to make it to the knockout stages. India was against Great Britain in the quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-1 victory heading into the semi-finals against world No.1 Belgium where they fell short and were into the bronze medal match. A thrilling third-place match against Germany saw India secure an Olympic medal after 41 long years.
Thank you for your wishes, Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Ji. 🙏
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 5, 2021
Prime Minister Modi showed his support to the teams through social media and a personal phone call to both Indian hockey teams.