The Indian women’s hockey team created history at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. With a phenomenal and gritty performance in the quarter-final, the team has written a new script as it is only the first time that an Indian women’s hockey team has qualified for the semi-finals at the Olympics.

In the encounter against the three-time Olympic champions and World No. 2 Australia, the Indian women’s hockey team defied all odds and progressed to the next stage of the event.

For the Indian team, the 9th ranked side in the world, drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur  rose to the occasion by scoring the lone goal. In the 22nd minute of the game, Gurjit scored from a penalty corner to help the team take a 1-0 lead. Australia, however, couldn’t make a comeback later and bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams for storming into the semi-finals of Tokyo Olympic.

Expressing his joy over the Indian men’s  team’s spectacular victory over Great Britain and women’s team’s thumping victory over Australia in their respective quarter finals,  the Chief Minister expressed hope that both the teams will keep up the momentum to win both the semis and the Olympic final.

In his social media page Odisha Cheif Minister said

“Congratulations Indian Women’s #Hockey Team on the spectacular win over Australia to seal the semifinal berth in #Tokyo2020. What a terrific game the team played against Australia! Keep the momentum going and wish the team best of luck.”

It may be recalled that Odisha Govt is the sponsor of Indian Hockey team, both men and women for five years since 2018. Odisha, being the cradle of hockey, is also the only state that is promoting a national game in the entire country to help India regain its dominance in global hockey.

 

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