A blissful India commemorated on Friday the country’s first hockey medal in 41 years, really hoping the hard-earned bronze in Tokyo Olympics would help it reclaim its past splendor.
The most successful hockey nation in Olympic history with eight guys’s titles, India’s previous medal came with the 1980 Moscow Gamings when they covered the platform.
Manpreet Singh’s guys ended the medal dry spell on Thursday when they dominated in a nine-goal thriller against Germany in the bronze medal suit to trigger off celebrations across the globe’s second most heavily populated nation.
Their ventures made it to the front pages of the country’s top newspapers, with the Times of India terming it a “Tokyo Turnaround”. The paper devoted a complete inside page to celebrate what it said was a “bronze worth its weight in gold”.
An image of Singh commemorating the win was on the front web page of the Hindu that likewise released columns by previous players, consisting of Vasudevan Baskaran who captained the 1980 team.
“In the land of the climbing sun, Indian hockey has moved from darkness to light with an Olympic bronze that has the glimmer of gold,” reviewed a content in the Indian Express newspaper.
“The hockey superpower of the Lawn Era now can aspire to be the very best on astroturf as well. Tokyo could be the start of a dream, instead of a destination,” it included.
Head Of State Narendra Modi called the team on Thursday to praise them.
“Hockey has a special location in the hearts and minds of every Indian. For every hockey lover as well as sports lover, August 5, 2021, will stay one of the most unforgettable days,” he later said in a blog post on Twitter.
The females’s group also got to the Olympic semi-finals for the very first time however went down 4-3 to Britain in the bronze medal suit on Friday.