28 November, 2020

Firing Squad

India's dramatic win in Australia once again spawns lofty Olympic dreams

Firing Squad
The evening before our hockey team returned home last week after winning the three-nation tournament in Australia, the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) put out a press release urging the media to turn out in full strength to give our heroes all the publicity they deserved. The media throng turned up at the Delhi airport all right. So did the IHF officials, including federation President K.P.S. Gill. It is not everyday that an Indian hockey team comes back with an international trophy, that too after beating teams like Australia and Pakistan. To add to the feeling of satisfaction, just before this spectacular win they had finished second in a three-nation-four-team event in Perth which had two Australian sides.

The team was the toast of its fans at the airport. There were garlands and sweets for the players, and bhangra in the air. Then the interviews with the media. The celebrations and interviews over, the officials returned home in their cars, while the handful of players—most of them Punjab-bound as the others dispersed from Chennai and Bangalore—were herded into stuffy...


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