After the Indian women's hockey team's heartbreaking loss at the Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had words of encouragement and consolation for the players
After the Indian women's hockey team's heartbreaking loss at the Tokyo Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had words of encouragement and consolation for the players. In a call to the team and the coach, Modi congratulated them for playing so well. He also said that for the last five-six years the players have been really 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," Modi said on speaker as the team gathered around the phone, most of them sobbing after their 3-4 loss to Great Britain in a close contest.
Modi even inquired about the injury to Navneet Kaur, who had to get four stitches near her eye.
Rani Rampal, the team captain, thanked the Prime Minister for the encouragement. Modi then went on to praise Vandana Katariya and Salima Tete for their performance at the match.
After a brief moment of awkward silence, Modi 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," Modi said.
The Prime Minister also had words of encouragement for Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne.
"You have tried your level best. You have encouraged the girls. Wish you all the best for the future," he said. 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," Marijne said at the end of the call.
Modi had also tweeted about the team's performance earlier in the day.
The Prime Minister had also called the men's hockey team on Thursday, congratulating them after they won their first Olympic medal in 41 years in a tense match for the bronze medal against Germany.