In a parallel victory moment, both the men’s as well as women’s Indian hockey teams have entered the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. This is news of not only immense pride, but also emotional elation, as the country is watching its sports trajectory change after a gap of 49 years.
Under the captainship of Rani Rampal, the women’s hockey team bagged a position in the semi-finals by beating three-time gold medallist Australia. This achievement is a first for the team, which is playing its third Olympics ever.
Meanwhile, the men’s team out-championed Great Britain by 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the Olympics. Despite hockey being the national sport, India had not seen a moment of victory such as this since the 1980 Moscow Games.
As ripples of enthusiasm spread across social media, a love for the sport seems to be resurging among citizens of the country. This development puts India on the list of semi-finalists for the international multi-sports event.
Commentators Sunil Taneja and Siddharth Pandey were themselves caught in an emotional moment as they announced India’s triumphant qualification to the semi finals. Sports fans across the country are resonating with cheers and applause as they acknowledge how this moment of pride is second to none.
Here are 5 videos that encapsulate the joy of Indians at the country entering the Olympic semi-finals:
Today when Indian #Hockey team defeated Great Britain by 3-1, the commentators Sunil Taneja and Siddharth Pandey were in tears.
— Ankit Lal 🏹 (@AnkitLal) August 1, 2021
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) August 2, 2021
— Aparna Rajkumar (@rajkumaraparna1) August 2, 2021
The Goal of the Match which broke the hope of Great Britain and confirm the spot in Semi-final for India🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Ajay Yadav (@AmaZingAj4) August 1, 2021
A goal that will go in the history books! 🙌
Watch Gurjit Kaur’s brilliant drag flick that led #IND to a 1-0 win over #AUS in an epic quarter-final 😍#Tokyo2020 | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Hockey | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/MkXqjprLxo
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 2, 2021
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Today when Indian #Hockey team defeated Great Britain by 3-1, the commentators Sunil Taneja and Siddharth Pandey were in tears. I was watching live and could perceive the emotions from their voice but this video is just raw emotions.