Chandigarh: So far the performance of the Indian men’s hockey team in the Tokyo Olympics has been excellent. Team India defeated Japan 5-3 on Friday in the last match in the Pool A match of the group stage. The men’s team has raised hopes of winning a medal by reaching the quarter-finals in Tokyo by winning four out of five league matches.
Now Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has made a big announcement to boost the morale of the Indian team.
Punjab players will get Rs 2.25 crore
Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has announced that if the Indian men’s hockey team wins the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics, then all the players of the state participating in that team will be given Rs 2.25 – 2.25 crore.
Sodhi said in an official statement that out of the total 20 players from Punjab, 11 players are giving their best in the Tokyo Olympics for the Indian hockey team.
Indian hockey team defeated Japan
Two goals from Gurjant Singh helped the Indian men’s hockey team beat Japan 5-3 in the last Pool A match. Gurjant Singh scored two goals for Indian men’s hockey team while Harmanpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh and Neelkant Sharma scored one goal each. Kenta Tanaka, Kota Watanabe and Kazuma Murata scored one goal each for Japan.
For India, Harmanpreet scored in the 13th minute in the first quarter to give the team an early lead. After this, in the second quarter, Gurjant scored a goal in the 17th minute to make the score 2-0. However, Japan made a quick comeback, Tanaka cut the lead in the 19th minute. Watanabe then scored in the third quarter in the 33rd minute to level the score 2-2. However, a minute later, Shamsher scored a goal in the 34th minute to take a 3-2 lead. Neelkanth then scored 4-2 in the fourth and final quarter with a goal in the 51st minute.
In the final minutes of the match, Gurjant scored another goal in the 57th minute to give India a 5-2 lead. However, Japan also did not give up till the end and Murata scored 5-3 in the 59th minute. Japan could not take the lead by the stipulated time and had to face defeat.