Adventurer Bear Grylls Lauds Tokyo Olympics 2020 Hockey Team for Showing Resilience

Published 08/06/2021, 5:45 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Hockey – Men’s Pool A – India v Australia – Oi Hockey Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 25, 2021. India team huddle before the match. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo


Despite being the national sport of the country, India’s recent success in hockey is limited. However, Tokyo Olympics 2020 proved to be a successful campaign for the men in blue. After last claiming a podium in the 1980 Olympics, Team India took home the bronze medal in Japan. They defeated Germany in a stunning match which ended 5-4. A 41-year-old jinx was broken as the country celebrated its latest success.

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Moreover, celebrities and fans put up tweets on their victory while Bear Grylls got into the act as well. The British adventurer gave his tribute to India for winning the bronze medal in the event.

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Bear Grylls congratulates the Indian hockey team at Tokyo Olympics 2020

The epitome of determination, Bear Grylls, is one of the most famous reality stars out there. He, too, congratulated Team India for securing third place in Japan.

“India once again showing their resilient spirit. Congratulations. Never give up,” said Grylls.

It was a fantastic tribute to the men in blue for their performances in Japan. Grylls focused on the resilience and determination they possessed during their match against Germany.

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Team India wins a thrilling match

It was the fifth medal for India in this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2020. During the early years of the Olympic games, India was a force to reckon with, with Dhyan Chand showing his wizardry on the ground. However, poor facilities and mismanagement took them to an all-time low for many years.

After the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Indian Hockey team showed some mettle as they won a lot of tournaments. Notably, they won the 2017 Asia Cup, and the Asians Champions Trophy in 2018.

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After getting thrashed by Australia in the group stages, India came back stronger and won all their matches, leading to the quarterfinals. Despite their good performances, Belgium steamrolled past them in the semis and entered the final. The bronze match vs Germany was a tight and exciting affair, but the Indians came out on top.

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Now, the bronze medal gives hope to a nation as they seek to restore their lost glory in hockey.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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