Tokyo hockey bronze will inspire generation of sportspersons, says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

 

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Tokyo hockey bronze will inspire generation of sportspersons, says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

A resolute Indian men’s hockey team rewrote history as it claimed an Olympic medal after 41 years, defeating a plucky Germany 5-4 to win the bronze in an edge-of-the-seat play-off match of the ongoing Games here on Thursday.

The eight-time former gold-winners, who battled a heartbreaking slump in the last four decades, made the resurgence of the last couple of years count in the best way possible with an Olympic medal.

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, who played a pivotal role in the rise of Indian hockey through sponsorship from the state government, took to Twitter to congratulate the men’s team.

“Brilliant in Blue! Congratulations Indian Men’s #Hockey Team on the spectacular victory to give us an Olympic medal after 41 long years. This historic win at #Tokyo2020 will inspire generation of sportspersons. All the very best for future,” wrote Patnaik. 

The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha stepped in with a Rs 100 crore deal with Hockey India in 2018. Furthermore, Odisha also became a hub of sorts in Indian hockey, with Bhubaneswar hosting the 2019 Hockey World Cup.

The Odisha capital will also host the 2023 edition of the global tournament.

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Determined to clinch a medal, the Indian men’s team made one of the most memorable comebacks in the history of the game, fighting back from a two-goal deficit to turn the match in their favour after being 1-3 down thanks to some defensive lapses.

(With inputs from PTI)

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