India defeated Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal match in men’s hockey on Thursday, ending the 41-year drought at the Olympics. The country last won a medal; a Gold in hockey at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

The Indian team played the best of their games than the German counterparts after they scripted a thrilling comeback to seal the game. While Simranjeet Singh scored a brace, Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh scored a goal each.

And while the Indians lauded the hockey team on social media, Twitter was also flooded with posts thanking Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik @Naveen_Odisha  for constantly supporting the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team. Odisha state government has been sponsoring the men and women Hockey since 2018 and have also invested about ₹150 crore in Hockey infrastructure since long.

On Thursday, following India’s victory over Germany, Mr Patnaik was once again appreciated for his contributions.

Film producer Atul Kasbekar, Kirti Azad, former cricketer and Member of Parliament from Darbhanga, Bihar, also thanked Mr Patnaik for his “relentless support to Indian Hockey”.

This afternoon, Mr Patnaik spoke to the Indian side and congratulated them on their medal-winning heroics over the Germans.

Indian Hockey Team’s captain also thanked the Odisha Chief Minister in his video message on Twitter.

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