Mumbai: Minutes after the Indian men’s hockey team won a bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to captain Manpreet Singh and coach Graham Reid and said that the hard work they put in over the months has finally paid off.
“Many many congratulations to you and the entire team, you have made history. The entire country is filled with joy. Your hard work has paid off. You have done a lot of hard work, please wish the entire side on my behalf. The entire country is happy, congratulations coach Reid, you have created history. My best wishes are with you,” PM Modi was heard saying to Manpreet and Reid in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of SAI Media.
On the other hand, Reid told PM Modi: “You’re words after the semi-final were fantastic and very inspirational.”
The Captain and Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team🏑 🇮🇳 had a surprise caller after their historic victory this morning in #Tokyo2020
Listen in and send in your wishes as the country celebrates an #Olympics medal in hockey after 41 years👏🏼🎉
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 5, 2021
It took 41 years, but every Indian’s dream finally came true on Thursday as the men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win a bronze medal at the OE Hockey Stadium – North Pitch here.
The Men in Blue showed complete resilience, strength and a sense of victory to register a remarkable comeback win against a strong German team.
The Prime Minister has invited the entire Indian contingent that went to Tokyo Olympics 2020 as “special guests” at the Red Fort and will meet and interact with them on August 15.
Indian men’s hockey team, which has eight gold medals to its name at the Olympics, had not won a medal at the quadrennial event since 1980.