Best wishes, praises and congratulatory messages poured in from several quarters after the Indian women's hockey team made history by storming into the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time, piping three-time champions Australia by a solitary goal in the thrilling quarter-final match here Monday.
The major feat of the Indian hockey eves comes just a day after their men's counterpart from the country also sealed their semi-final berth for the first time after over four decades. The unprecedented success by the hockey contingents brings joy to crores of people in the country especially Odisha residents due to pivotal contribution of some Odia players in the teams' dream run in this biggest sporting spectacle.
Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik who is a great admirer of hockey, was among the firsts to congratulate the Indian eves.
"Congratulation to Indian women's hockey team on registering a thumping win in the quarter-final against Australia at Tokyo Olympics. May the team continue its streak and bring glory to the country. Wish the team all the best," tweeted Patnaik.
Congratulations Indian Women's #Hockey Team on the spectacular win over Australia to seal the semifinal berth in #Tokyo2020. What a terrific game the team played against Australia! Keep the momentum going and wish the team best of luck. #Cheer4India pic.twitter.com/mIPv3lo20a— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) August 2, 2021
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also hailed the performance of the women's team by terming it 'historic'.
"Women’s Hockey Team is scripting history with every move at Tokyo! We’re into the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time beating Australia," Thakur wrote.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell also congratulated India's women's hockey team for their fighting show.
"Was a tough Hockey match, but your defence held out until the end. Savita Punia, the 'Great Wall of India' - could not be beaten! Best of luck in semi & grand finals," Barry tweeted.
Several former legends of hockey also took to Twitter to shower their praises on the Indian players.
"I have no words to convey my emotions. My heart swells with pride seeing our girls creating history," wrote former Indian captain Dilip Tirkey on his Twitter handle.
"Girls you created HISTORY! Unbelievable performance. Let's do it this time, bring the yellow metal home," tweeted former India player Lazarus Barla.
Charles Ekka, father of the defender Deep Grace Ekka who has taken up the most inspiring role in spearheading the Indian women hockey team's Olympic journey from the back is confident that his daughter and her team will bring ultimate glory for the country.
Bulu Barla, a fellow villager of Men's team member Amit Rohidas who is also in fine-form for the Indian team in this Olympics has also expressed his happiness at the success of the hockey teams.