PM Modi said the country is proud of what Manpreet and his boys have been able to achieve in the ongoing competition so far
New Delhi [India]: As the Indian Men’s Hockey Team conceded a defeat to the Belgium Team, PM Narendra Modi spoke to the team captain to lift his and the team’s spirits. Whereas he wished the team the best of luck for their bronze medal clash, he appreciated their efforts throughout the Tokyo Olympic games.
Earlier, PM Modi said the country is proud of what Manpreet and his boys have been able to achieve in the ongoing competition so far.
“Wins and losses are a part of life. Our Men’s Hockey Team at #Tokyo2020 gave their best and that is what counts. Wishing the Team, the very best for the next match and their future endeavors. India is proud of our players,” tweeted PM Modi.
Belgium defeated India 5-2 in the semi-final and will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and Germany in the gold medal match on Thursday.
India will lock horns in the bronze medal match on Thursday with the loser of the game between Australia and Germany. The Indian boys started well and looked to keep up the good work, but lost the tempo slightly in the last quarter and that is where the boys from Belgium capitalized. In fact, the last goal was a case of the Belgium players taking advantage as India withdrew goalie Sreejesh and brought in a field player. The match was evenly poised till the fourth quarter, but in the last 15 minutes, India conceded three goals and suffered a 2-5 defeat.
Notably, India’s champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has already brought laurels home in the form of an Olympic Silver in the 49kg category.