• Friday, May 20, 2022

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Remembering India’s Olympic hockey heroes

Indian hockey team

By: Eastern Eye Staff

AS INDIA’S Olympic hopefuls Saina Nehwal, Yogeshwar Dutt, Leander Paes, Shiv Thapa and Jitu Rai gear up to the Games in Rio de Janeiro, some figures and moments from the past come to mind which have inspired generations of Indian athletes. In 1936 in Berlin, India was competing as a British colony and did not have a national flag of its own. Just before the field hockey final, in which the Indian team was playing Germany, manager Pankaj Gupta suddenly took out from his pocket the tricolour – then the flag of the Congress Party which was fighting for India’s…

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