The history-making Indian women’s hockey team’s dream of securing its maiden Olympic medal remained unfulfilled as it lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off match at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Friday.
The Indian women had already created history and surpassed all expectations by entering the semifinals of the Games for the first time.
But the maiden Olympic medal remained out of bounds as world no.4 Great Britain, who were gold-winners in the 2016 Rio Games, came out on top in the pulsating encounter.
During the media conference, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s Analytical Coach Janneke Schopman said that she has been impressed with the team’s desire to always get better.
“What I have seen in this Indian team is their desire to learn.”
“They ask a lot of questions and are willing to try a lot of things, which is quite impressive. The girls want to learn and want to improve.”
“As a Coach, you want your team to have success, but for me, it was great to see how the team fought and how they played as a team.”
“It’s been incredibly rewarding to be part of this team because of their mindset, wanting to learn, to get better, to fall, but to get back up. It’s truly been amazing,” said Schopman