Indian women’s hockey team script history by qualifying for Olympic Games semifinals for first time
By Our Correspondent, 02/08/2021, New Delhi

On Day 10 of Tokyo Olympics 2021, the Indian women’s hockey team scripted history today by qualifying for the Olympic Games semifinals for the first time. India stunned three-time champions Australia by a solitary goal in the biggest upset of the Olympics.

A day after the Indian men’s team entered the Olympic semifinals following a 49-year gap, the world no. 9 women’s side also entered the history books with a phenomenally gritty performance.

Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur rose to the occasion when it mattered and converted India’s lone penalty corner in the 22nd minute to surprise the Australians. India’s best performance in the Olympics came way back in the 1980 Moscow Games where they finished fourth out of six teams. In that edition of the Games, women’s hockey made its debut in the Olympics and the sport was played in a round-robin format with top two teams qualifying for the final. The Rani Rampal-led side will play Argentina in the semifinal on Wednesday.

In a tweet, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag thakur said Women’s Hockey Team is scripting history with every move.

Union Minister of Law and Justice, Kiren Rijiju said India’s dream is coming to reality. In a tweet he said, he was at loss of words to express his excitement and happiness.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey Team for storming into the Olympic Semis. India will be playing the Olympic semis after 49 years.

Expressing his joy over the Indian team’s victory over Great Britain, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the team will keep up the momentum to win both the semis and the Olympic final.

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.