Hockey Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Indian men's hockey team crash out of semifinals, to play for bronze

Field Hockey at Olympics: Indian men's hockey team crashed out of the semifinals after they lost 5-2 against Belgium in the semifinals at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on August 3, 2021. 

Created On: Aug 3, 2021 11:29 ISTModified On: Aug 5, 2021 10:32 IST
Hockey Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Hockey Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Indian men's hockey team crashed out of the semifinals after they lost 5-2 against Belgium at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on August 3, 2021. 

The Manpreet Singh-led team will now play for the bronze medal against the loser of the match between Australia and Germany. The Indian hockey team despite a good start lost the tempo slightly in the last quarter. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had also tuned in to watch the men's hockey semi-final clash between India and Belgium said that he  is already proud of what the team has managed to achieve in the Olympics so far.

After the team's defeat, the Prime Minister tweeted saying, "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 endeavours. India is proud of our players."

The Indian men's national field hockey team had created history earlier by reaching the semi-finals of Tokyo Olympics 2020, first time in 41 years after defeating Great Britain 3-1. The team led by Manpreet Singh has performed incredibly well this year and made a great comeback after their 7-1 defeat against Australia, never losing a single game after that. 

The last time Indian men's hockey team had advanced to the semifinals was during 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, where the team led by V Baskaran had won the eighth gold medal for India. 


Indian women's hockey team reach first-ever semifinals

The Indian women's hockey team also created history by becoming the first-ever Indian women's team to reach the semifinals in the Olympics. The women's field hockey team beat Australia 1-0 to achieve the historic feat. 


Former Indian hockey players speak

Former Indian hockey player Ashok Kumar wants the hockey team to bring back the gold for the nation in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. He said that the side has not claimed a medal in the Summer Olympics since 1980 and the Manpreet Singh-led squad is looking to end the 41-year-old medal drought.

Ashok Kumar is the son of hockey legend Dhyan Chand. He said that the focus of the Manpreet Singh-led side will be on winning the next game against Belgium. 

Hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay also fell short of words to describe the feeling after the men's hockey team registered a scintillating win against Great Britain. He applauded the overall effort of the Indian team saying, "What a show Team India! #Hockey Well deserved Victory. Words fail me as I try to compose my emotions. Crossed fingers for the semifinals against #Bel Wishing my blue army the very best, you are on the threshold of making history.  Good luck."


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