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.
Post the heart-breaking loss, the Indian Women’s Hockey Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne told the team that they have won something more than a medal,
“We showed a fighting spirit in the Bronze Medal match against Great Britain. I told the team that we didn’t win a medal, but we achieved something bigger than a medal and that’s inspiring an entire nation.”
“After the Pool match against Great Britain, I was extremely angry with the team. I told the team that if you go down then show that you really tried and then go down.”
“I told the team that they will have to do better and I think the team’s mindset transformed after that match.”
“I and Janneke had a lot of individual meetings with the girls and they found the key for the next matches themselves. I think that was an important part of the tournament for us.”
The Chief Coach added that the Indian Women’s Team players believing in themselves has made him proud,
“We always had the belief that we can win a medal and we were really close. The girls believing in themselves makes me really proud.”
“I think that was one of the biggest steps we made. Every girl in the team has her own story and every story is amazing.”
“Let’s hope that a lot of women in India have seen this Indian team’s performance and are inspired by the team to start playing hockey or any other sport.”
Marijne stressed the fact that staying in the moment was very important for the Indian team in the Olympics,
“We finished among the top four in this competition and every team is now taking us seriously. I think that is a big step.”
“We have always looked to stay in the moment and be busy with our task. We have tried to develop this mindset for a long time.”
“We wanted to avoid thinking about winning or losing because that makes you nervous and we wanted to stay away from that.”