PM calls hockey captain Manpreet Singh, coach Graham Reid, says 'You have scripted history'
Congratulating the team for emerging victorious and bringing home the Olympics Bronze medal, Prime Minister Modi told Manpreet Singh that he was proud of the team for scripting history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to the men's hockey captain Manpreet Singh, head coach Graham Reid and assistant coach Piyush Dubey after the team scripted history by winning the Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Congratulating the team for emerging victorious and bringing home the Bronze, Prime Minister Modi told Manpreet Singh that he was proud of the team for scripting history.
The Prime Minister noted that Manpreet's voice was loud and clear today as compared to the day when India lost to Belgium.
On his part, Manpreet thanked Prime Minister Modi for his constant encouragement to the team.
India defeated Germany 5-4 at the Oi hockey stadium in Tokyo to win the Olympics bronze medal after a gap of 41 years.
'Invest in youngsters to reap dividends'
Harendra Singh, who coached the reigning junior World Cup-winning team, hailed the team's performance at the Hockey Olympics.
Speaking to Asianet, Harendra said: "You should have seen how the youngsters who won the junior World Cup made a difference with their self-belief and confidence. When you invest in youngsters at the right time and support them, you are bound to reap dividends."
Harendra currently is the head coach of US Hockey. He has also coached the Indian men's and women's hockey teams.