Tokyo 2020: India broke the jinx of 49 years and the face off scheduled against the 2018 world champions Belgium in the semi-finals of men’s hockey.

India defeated Great Britain 3-1 in the men’s hockey quarter-final to earn a spot in the semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. The Manpreet Singh-led side will face off against the 2018 world champions Belgium in the last four on Tuesday. This will be the first Olympic semi-final that India will play in 49 years, since the 1972 Munich Games, in which eight-time champions India had lost to arch-rivals Pakistan.

While India had won the gold medal defeating Spain in the final in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, there were no semi-finals in the tournament due to the absence of many teams who had boycotted the Games. The top two teams from the round-robin stage had competed in the final.

It has been a good journey for India men’s hockey team in Tokyo Olympics so far, defeating New Zealand 3-2 in their opening group game, and then picking up wins over Germany (2-0), Spain (3-1), Argentina (3-1), and Japan (5-3) in the group matches. Barring the 7-1 defeat against Australia, India have won all their games so far.

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