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PM Modi Consoles Women’s Hockey Team ‘Like A Father’ After They Cry On Phone Call Over Loss

PM Modi Consoles Women’s Hockey Team ‘Like A Father’ After They Cry On Phone Call Over Loss

Falling on the wrong end of the results after a closely-contested clash is perhaps the worst feeling an athlete can experience, and the Indian women’s hockey team players went through the same emotions after they came up short in their bronze medal match against Great Britain at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Every player on the Indian team wanted to end their historic Olympic campaign with a bronze medal but their hard work couldn’t yield the desired result and they broke down completely after the final hooter. 

The visuals of the players shedding tears in the stadium melted every Indian supporters’ heart, including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PM Modi Consoles Women’s Hockey Team ‘Like A Father’ After They Cry On Phone Call Over Loss © Reuters

After their match, PM Modi made a phone call to the Indian women in Tokyo and conveyed that the entire country was proud of their campaign and they shouldn't be disappointed with the loss because they were able to accomplish so much in the last few days that their predecessors couldn’t.

Heart breaks for @ImRaniRampal & team. You can see it in their faces here as they get a call from PM Modi. But they must know that history has been made, a country was on its feet, a whole generation inspired. pic.twitter.com/VMsLX6pI6C

— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 6, 2021

“You all have played magnificently well. You all have worked so hard for the last 5-6 years and each one of you lived and breathed hockey, leaving everything behind. Your sweat didn't fetch you a medal but your hard work has become an inspiration for millions of young girls in the country. I congratulate all the players, support staff and the coach and you all shouldn’t be disappointed,” PM Modi told the players over the phone. 

PM Modi Consoles Women’s Hockey Team ‘Like A Father’ After They Cry On Phone Call Over Loss © Reuters

Hearing PM Modi’s motivational words made the players even more emotional and many of them couldn’t hold back their tears and broke down while the call was on. 

What followed was the genuine care that PM Modi showed towards the women’s team and people loved how he consoled the players and tried to help them deal with the result of the match by highlighting the positive outcome of their campaign, including how it revived the sport in the country, which used to be India’s identity at one point in time. 

PM Modi Consoles Women’s Hockey Team ‘Like A Father’ After They Cry On Phone Call Over Loss © Reuters

Another instance that highlighted PM Modi’s genuine affection for the players was when he enquired about the injury that Navneet Kaur suffered in the previous game and how shocked he looked after being told that she received four stitches in her eye. 

“You all should stop crying. I can hear you all crying. The whole country is proud of you. There is no reason for you to be disappointed. Hockey, which once used to resonate with the Indian identity, has been given a new life after so many decades, just because of your sheer hard work and performances,” he added. 

PM encourage them like father. Team have great future. Kudos to them . Good Luck.

— Vibhor Saraswat (@vibhorsaraswat) August 6, 2021

I have to admit this is a very good gesture from Modi! Definitely, it will go long way! Congratulations to everyone! Girls played well!

— anurag (@DODCOVET) August 6, 2021

I have never seen any prime Minister encouraging a lost team like this till date, hats off to you @narendramodi ji. No doubt they will bounce back with great vigor.
keep it up girls.

— G Vijaykumar Rao (@GvijaykumarRao) August 6, 2021

The way PM and the citizens encouraging the talents even when they failed to secure a medal is just heart warming. The audience has matured a lot.

— Sunita ସୁନିତା ಸುನೀತಾ (@sunita1712) August 6, 2021

Winning & loosing is part of game how we play thats matter mostyou all play like champions of Bharat that matters we all proud of your hardworkGreat gesture by @narendramodi ji,we all are emotional now cheerup and geerup for Future #Hockey @imranirampal

— Seema G (@SeemaAirForce) August 6, 2021

It’s a stepping stone and an inspiring steps by women’s hockey for future

They have given there best and always there will be steps towards improvement whether we win or loss

But for us you all are winners
You have achieved more than what we expected & hence dreamed

— Money2Wealth (@Money2W) August 6, 2021

They have won our heart much appreciated efforts for the nation by women hockey team.

— Sunil Kumar Rajak (@sunil10305) August 6, 2021

It’s a stepping stone and an inspiring steps by women’s hockey for future

They have given there best and always there will be steps towards improvement whether we win or loss

But for us you all are winners
You have achieved more than what we expected & hence dreamed

— Money2Wealth (@Money2W) August 6, 2021 

The Rani Rampal-led side might have lost the third-place match but their hard work didn’t go in vain.  

Their remarkable journey has played a crucial role in reigniting the passion for hockey in countless Indian minds that was missing for the past several decades.  

The Indian eves' Tokyo 2020 campaign might have ended but their journey to glory has just begun.