New Delhi: The bronze medal won by the Indian men’s hockey team after a gap of 41 years will encourage parents to allow their children to take up hockey and achieve glory, said goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.
Indian men’s hockey team defeated Germany 5-4 in the playoff to win a bronze medal, their first medal after the gold in the Moscow Olympics. India, the most successful country in men’s hockey with eight gold medals, had lost its glory days as the teams failed to even make it to the semifinals after 1980.
Sreejesh said that after this medal, parents will now see a future for their children in hockey.
“We have won a medal, we have proved to the world that we can win. Families will now think that their child too should play the same sport. Like we have won the medal, they too can win a medal one day. Parents will think that if their child plays hockey, he too can one day win a medal and achieve success in his life,” said India’s top goalkeeper.
Tokyo was the third Olympic Games for Sreejesh, who works as Chief Sports Organiser with the Government of Kerala’s Department of General and Higher Education.