Mumbai: India’s hockey star and now Olympic medalist goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was elated after the team won bronze as he said it was a rebirth of the sport in the country.
The Men in Blue showed complete resilience and strength to make a remarkable comeback against a strong German team. For India, veteran PR Sreejesh came to the rescue once again after securing a historic bronze for the team by saving Germany’s 13th penalty corner in the final seconds of the match.
“It’s a rebirth. That’s it. It’s been 41 years. In 1980 we won the last medal and after that, nothing. Today when we won it, this gives a boost and gives energy to the youngsters to pick up hockey, play this game,” Olympics.com quoted Sreejesh after the win.
“This is a beautiful game. Now we are giving a reason for them to pick up hockey, play the game and make the country more proud than this,” the three-time Olympian pointed.
It took 41 years, but every Indian’s dream finally came true on Thursday when the men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win a bronze medal at the Oi Hockey Stadium – North Pitch.