Manpreet Singh the Indian men’s hockey skipper on Thursday announced to dedicate the bronze medal win at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics to all the COVID-19 warriors who have been working to save lives during this pandemic.
It took 41 long years, but the dream of every Indian was finally fulfilled on Thursday as the men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win the bronze medal here at the Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch.
Manpreet in a statement on Twitter said, “And, now the long waiting dream has been fulfilled. This was a collective effort, from all the players, coaches and support staff. Their unrelenting backing has resulted in a positive outcome today. I dedicate this victory to the COVID warriors, who have been working relentlessly to save lives. This medal came after 41 long years and I’m confident that my team will continue to improve and perform better in the upcoming events also.”
— Manpreet Singh (@manpreetpawar07) August 5, 2021
“At the end, a gratitude to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, Ministry of Sports, Hockey India, SAI, 10A, Punjab Police for the constant support and motivation towards the National Hockey Team,” he added.
The absolute resilience, strength, and winning spirit of the Indian Men’s hockey team registered a remarkable comeback win against a strong German team.
Minutes after the Indian men’s hockey team won the bronze medal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to skipper Manpreet Singh and coach Graham Reid and said the hard work put in by them over the months had finally paid off.
प्रफुल्लित भारत! प्रेरित भारत! गर्वित भारत!
टोक्यो में हॉकी टीम की शानदार जीत पूरे देश के लिए गर्व का क्षण है।
ये नया भारत है, आत्मविश्वास से भरा भारत है।
हॉकी टीम को फिर से ढेरों बधाई और शुभकामनाएं। 🏑 #Tokyo2020
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
“Many many congratulations to you and the entire team, you have made history. The entire country is filled with joy. Your hard work has paid off. You have done a lot of hard work, please wish the entire side on my behalf. The entire country is happy, congratulations coach Reid, you have created history. My best wishes are with you,” PM Modi was heard saying to Manpreet and Reid in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of SAI Media.