PR Sreejesh: Parents will now see a future for their children in hockey | Tokyo Olympic Games News
The Indian men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 in the playoffs to win a bronze medal, their first medal after gold at the Moscow Olympics. India, the most successful country in men’s hockey with eight gold medals, had lost its glory days as teams didn’t even reach the semi-finals after 1980.
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Speaking exclusively to IANS on Monday after a function hosted by the Sports Ministry to congratulate Tokyo Olympics medalists, Sreejesh said that after the medal, parents will now see a future for their children in hockey.
“We won a medal, we proved to the world that we can win. Families will now think that their child should play the same sport too. As we won the medal, they too can win a medal someday. Parents will go. thinks that if their child plays hockey, they too can one day win a medal and be successful in their life, ”said India’s top goaltender.
Tokyo was the third Olympic Games for Sreejesh, who works as the chief sports organizer with the Department of General and Higher Education in the Government of Kerala.
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The 33-year-old said the challenge for the team now is to maintain the same level of performance and win more medals. “The challenges are there in all sports, you play the cricket test or take part in the Olympics, you always have to play to win. Now that we have won this medal, we have to maintain the same level of performance.”
Sreejesh said that although cricket has become the most popular sport in the country, hockey has never been out of people’s minds. “Between the two, our performance was down, so people didn’t hear much about hockey. But now that we have won this medal, all Indians are talking about hockey, ”he said.