After delivering a crushing defeat to the Russian team (with a score of 7-1), India's men hockey team sealed their place for the 2020 Olympics. And after a nail-biting match, India's women hockey team has also qualified for the 2020 Olympics, to be held in Tokyo.
Kalinga se Tokyo tak! ✈️#TeamIndia have successfully sealed their spot in @Tokyo2020 Olympics by ousting as Champions in the two-legged @FIH_Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha!#IndiaKaGame #INDvUSA #RoadToTokyo #Tokyo2020 #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey pic.twitter.com/KCQQ32Y2BW— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 2, 2019
On Saturday, the Indian women's hockey team sealed its place by beating USA with 6-5 aggregate. This is the third time that the Indian women's hockey team has made it to the Olympics.
It was a tough match which could have tipped the win to the other team. But the last goal by India's star player, and most definitely the star of the match, Rani Rampal secured India's win.
Coach Marijne shared the advice he gave the team during the match:
At half time, I told the girls, it's 0-0, you start fresh. We can't change what happened in the first half, but we can change what will happen in the second half.
*It really does feel like a Chak De! moment, now. *
For the men's team, despite a fair share of missed chances, the 7-1 score in the final match and an aggregate of 11-3, helped them reach the 2020 Olympics.
A brace by @rupinderbob3 and a saving goal by Skipper @imranirampal have got the Indian Hockey Teams their ticket to #Tokyo2020. More: https://t.co/RtevALgPD8 #IndiaKaGame #RoadToTokyo #KalingaKalling #GiftOfHockey— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 3, 2019
Twitterati congratulated both the teams for making India proud, while also wishing them luck for the Olympics.
I'm extremely happy! What a moment and spectacular Hockey displayed by both our Women and Men Team! Women's team beat USA by 🇮🇳5-1🇺🇸 and Men's Team defeated Russia by 🇮🇳4-2🇷🇺 in the 1st leg of the @Tokyo2020 Hockey qualifiers #RoadToTokyo pic.twitter.com/eqfOak8a0I— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 1, 2019
Delighted to watch history unfold at the Kalinga Stadium, as the men & women of @thehockeyindia secured a berth at #Tokyo2020 during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, Odisha. Congratulations to both teams as the nation now sets its eyes on Olympics. #OdishaForHockey #RoadToTokyo pic.twitter.com/o6wk5JZXo3— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 3, 2019
Heartiest congratulations to the Indian Women & Men Hockey Teams on qualifying for @Tokyo2020. Looking forward to winning a double gold in the #TokyoOlympics2020. Keep making us proud! 🇮🇳 🏑 @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/TP5XPUjtcB— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 3, 2019
A great day for #IndianHockey!— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) November 3, 2019
Congratulate the Indian Women's hockey team on qualifying for the #Tokyo2020 Olympic games. Also congratulate the Indian Men's Hockey team on their qualification!
Wishing you the best #TeamIndia!
This is BIG. Women’s Field Hockey is not a sideshow in the U.S. It’s a mainstream sport in schools and colleges. So proud of Team India... https://t.co/QxspuzxH93— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) November 2, 2019
And India’s hockey girls qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics after a nail biting 2nd leg match against US, winning on aggregate 6-5. Congratulations to India’s women’s hockey team! #Olympicqualifier— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) November 2, 2019
Congratulations !!— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 2, 2019
Indian Women Hockey team qualified for Tokyo Olympic 2020 on the basis of FIH Hockey Woman qualifier rounds held at Bhubaneshwar(India)on 1-2 November,2019.
We are happy to share that out of the 18 members of Indian team, 14 are from Indian Railways. pic.twitter.com/acipPZa7VP
Congratulations to the Indian Women's and Men's Hockey team on qualifying for the TOKYO Olympics 2020. Proud of you and best wishes for your successful stint at the #Olympics #ChakDeIndia #hockeyindia #Indiansports pic.twitter.com/PWZlIDLhXx— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 2, 2019
#Tokyo2020, Indian Hockey Team is coming to win it!— Achyuta Samanta (@achyuta_samanta) November 2, 2019
👏 Congratulations to India's men's & women's hockey teams for qualifying for the next Olympics in Japan. #ChakDeIndia 👍#HockeyOlympicQualifiers #hockeyindia @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/CET5YERW1G
Double good morning news for every Indian as women's Hockey Team clenches a berth at #TokyoOlympics2020 by beating #USA in qualifiers, & men's hockey team qualifies by beating #Russia— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 3, 2019
So proud #RoadToTokyo@TheHockeyIndia @FIH_Hockey pic.twitter.com/k6vNuIHRia
That's the kind of news that truly makes a happy weekend!
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