Bhubaneswar: Elated at Indian Men’s Hockey Team winning Olympic medal after 41 long years, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today spoke to the team over telephone and congratulated them for the spectacular victory.
Soon after the team won bronze by defeating Germany 5-4 in a high-intensity goal-fest, Patnaik took to his Twitter handle and extended his best wishes to the team.
“This historic win at Tokyo Olympics–2020 will inspire generation of sportspersons. All the very best for future,” he tweeted.
Also in a video message, Patnaik said the team performed brilliantly against tough opponent like Germany. The entire country is proud of the achievement of the team. It is inspiring to know about their hard work and sustained focus in spite of the challenges of COVID pandemic.
“In the last few days, hockey has brought together every Indian across the globe. The performance of the team will inspire thousands of kids to choose hockey and sports as career. The is the start of a new era of Indian hockey,” he added thanking the team, coaches, support staff and Hockey India for the feat.
Earlier, he had announced cash award of Rs 6 crore for winning Gold medal, Rs 4 crore for Silver and Rs 2.5 crore for Bronze. He had also announced Rs 15 lakh for each participant from Odisha.
Odisha’s Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas created history as they became the first two players from the state to win Olympics medal.
Lakra and Rohidas were part of the Indian men’s hockey team that defeated Germany 5-4 in the bronze medal match of Tokyo Olympics as the country won its first Olympics hockey medal after a gap of 41 years.