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Rousing reception for Indian hockey team

August 05, 2014 19:01 IST

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Returning home after winning the Commonwealth Games silver, the Indian men's hockey team received to a rousing welcome by Hockey India (HI), Indian Olympic Association (IOA), fans and friends at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The team showed tremendous grit by beating New Zealand 3-2 in the semi-finals after trailing by two goals. The Sardara Singh-led side then ran into Australia again in Glasgow, a repeat of the 2010 edition in Delhi, and lost 0-4 to the world champions but the Terry Walsh-coached side were lauded for their efforts.

Congratulating and welcoming the team, Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra said, "I am proud of the team and congratulate them on their well deserved silver medals. All the hard work and efforts they have put in prior the tournament helped them perform their best, bringing laurels to the country."

"The entire nation is proud of the team and I wish them all the very best for the impending Asian Games and all other future endeavours," he added.

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Image: Members of the Indian Hockey team at a photo-op on their arrival at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Tuesday following their arrival from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Photographs: Shirish Shete/PTI

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'Our next step is winning the Gold at the upcoming Asian Games'

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Delighted by the impressive welcome at the airport, midfielder Sardar said, "I am more than happy to be back home and extremely overjoyed at such a grand reception by friends and fans. Our next step is winning the Gold at the upcoming Asian Games for which the boys are going into the tournament with confidence."

"The Commonwealth Games brought to the forefront many positives along with some areas that needs urgent attention to better ourselves. We will work towards plugging the loopholes and put forward a better team for the forthcoming Asian Games," he said.

India next tour Bangladesh for a tree-match series starting August 6, which is a tune-up for the Asian Games in Incheon between September 19 and October 4.


Image: Indian Hockey team captain Sardara Singh (left) and the team's top scorer Rupinder Pal Singh pose for photographers on their arrival from the Glasgow Commonwealth on Tuesday
Photographs: Shirish Shete/PTI

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