Tokyo Olympics: Our team lost, but it achieved something bigger, says coach

A British player consoles an Indian player after their bronze medal match on Friday. (Tokyo Olympics)
A British player consoles an Indian player after their bronze medal match on Friday. (Tokyo Olympics)

Tokyo - Marijne said he was incredibly proud of the team's performance in Tokyo


Published: Fri 6 Aug 2021, 12:16 PM

Last updated: Fri 6 Aug 2021, 12:32 PM

The chief coach of the Indian women's hockey team, Sjoerd Marijne, said his team may not have won a medal at Tokyo 2020 but his players achieved something bigger as they inspired the country to dream of success at the Olympics.

India went down 4-3 to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze medal playoff on Friday despite fighting back from a two-goal deficit.

The team led 3-2 at half-time but the British came back strongly in the second half and denied them a historic medal in only their third appearance in the Olympics since women's hockey made its debut in 1980 at Moscow.

Marijne's team stunned everyone by making it to the semifinal with a 1-0 win over mighty Australia in the quarterfinal.

It was a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of a team that lost their first three matches in the group stage.

Marijne said he was incredibly proud of their performance.

"The first emotion is about losing… yeah you want to win but, really, I feel proud. Pride. I'm proud of the girls, how they again showed their fight and skills,” Marijne was quoted as saying by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

“Normally when (the) Indian women's team are 2-0 down, it always becomes 3-0, 4-0… but now they kept fighting. We came back in the match, we were even one-up."

He said the girls should be proud that they achieved something bigger than a medal.

"And I said to the girls, 'Listen, I can't take away your tears. No words will help for that. We didn't win the medal, but I think we achieved something bigger, and it's inspiring a country and make the country proud. And I've shown many messages of people who were saying that, and I think the world has seen another Indian team, and I'm really proud of that," Marijne said.

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