- PM Modi congratulated India women's hockey team for playing well
- PM Modi inquired about injury of player Navneet Kaur
- Indian women's hockey team lost 3-4 to Great Britain
After the Indian women's hockey team's heartbreaking loss at the Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had some words of encouragement for the players. In a call to the team and the coach from back home in India, PM Modi congratulated them for playing so well. He also said that for the last five-six years the players have been sweating for the sport.
"Your sweat has become the inspiration for crores of women in the country. I congratulate all the players and the coach," PM Modi said on speaker as the team gathered around the phone, most of them sobbing.
The Prime Minister even inquired about the injury of Navneet Kaur, who had to get four stitches near her eye.
Rani Rampal, the team captain, thanked the Prime Minister for the encouragement. PM Modi then went on to praise Vandana Katariya and Salima Tete for their performance at the match.
After a brief moment of silence, the PM asked the girls to stop crying.
"Stop crying, I can hear you cry. The country is proud of you, don't be disheartened. After so many decades, hockey, which is India's identity, is again getting prominence for your hardwork," PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister also had words of encouragement for coach Sjoerd Marijne.
"You have tried your level best. You have encouraged the girls. Wish you all the best for the future," he said. Coach Marijne thanked the Prime Minister and added that the girls were very emotional after the loss.
"I also told the girls that the they inspire the nation and that is very important and they must cherish that. Thank you, sir. Namaste," the coach says at the end of the call.
The PM had also tweeted about the team's performance earlier in the day.
We will always remember the great performance of our Women's Hockey Team at #Tokyo2020. They gave their best throughout. Each and every member of the team is blessed with remarkable courage, skill and resilience. India is proud of this outstanding team.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2021
We narrowly missed a medal in Women's Hockey but this team reflects the spirit of New India- where we give our best and scale new frontiers. More importantly, their success at #Tokyo2020 will motivate young daughters of India to take up Hockey and excel in it. Proud of this team.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2021
The Prime Minister had also called the men's Hockey team on Thursday after they won their first Olympic medal in 41 years in a tense match.
The women's team lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off match on Friday.