The Haryana government will bestow the nine history-making women’s hockey players of the state with a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh each, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday. “Haryana authority will bestow Rs 50 lakhs each to the nine members of the Olympic women’s hockey team who are from Haryana,” Khattar tweeted.
He complimented the Indian women’s team for its best-ever action at the ongoing Olympics, where it finished fourth after losing 3-4 to Great Britain in the bronze medal play-off match in Tokyo on Friday.
The Indians played their hearts out and overcame a two-goal loss to lead 3-2 at half time. But a desperate Great Britain gave their everything in the second half and scored two goals to grab the match from India’s hands.
Back in Haryana and Punjab, many relatives of the players remained glued to their television sets to watch in anxiety of an Indian win. At the end of the game, skipper Rani’s father Rampal told the press at his Shahabad home in Kurukshetra that the Indian team played well and were ill-fated to lose out on its maiden Olympic medal. He said the team’s action at the Olympics will have a positive impression on the game and will inspire youngsters to adopt the sport.
Goalkeeper Savita Punia’s father Mahender Punia said there was no need to feel captured. “Match result may not be on their side, but they played really well,” he said. Neha Goyal’s mother Savitri turned emotional while watching the game. Most of the women hockey players come from humble backgrounds.