Hockey captain Manpreet Singh thanks Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for his support

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

After winning the bronze in Tokyo, the Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh thanked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his support.

Manpreet thanked Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik by tweeting – “This dream won’t be possible without the encouragement & vision of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik ji, who has been supporting us throughout this journey – thank you so much sir from the team and I.”

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to members of the Indian men’s hockey team over the telephone and congratulated them for winning an Olympic medal after 41 years. He tweeted- “Brilliant in Blue. Congratulations Indian Men’s #Hockey Team on the spectacular victory to give us an Olympic medal after 41 long years. This historic win at #Tokyo2020 will inspire a generation of sportspersons. All the very best for future.”

The Indian men’s hockey team rewrote history as it secured an Olympic medal after 41 years, beating a plucky Germany 5-4 to secure the bronze in an edge-of-the-seat play-off match of the ongoing Games in Tokyo.

The Odisha government had signed an agreement with Hockey India in 2018 to sponsor men’s, women’s and junior national teams for five years.  The state government has committed to invest Rs 150 crore during the period for the development of hockey in the country.

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