Twitter today was flooded with wishes after the Indian women’s hockey team lost their Bronze Medal Match to 2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medalist but it was Queen of Indian Track and Field PT Usha’s tweet that stood out.
“Well done to my daughters for making it this far at the #Olympics. Don’t be discouraged by today’s outcome. Thank you for igniting the hope in all of us and I’m sure this is only the beginning of a medal laden future! #Tokyo2020.”
PT Usha, who notched up five medals in the 1986 Asian Games, including four gold medals. has been a trend-setter for women in India who took to excelling in sports.
PT Usha has remained the ‘Queen of track and field’ for almost two decades. She was arguably India’s first sports icon, who was an inspiration to people across the nook and corner of India, cutting across gender, generation and professional boundaries. So, this tweet coming from her means really big for India.
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.