Do not cry, India is proud of you: PM Narendra Modi tells Rani Rampal

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PM Modi speaks to Indian Hockey Women Team over phone (Image: Twitter/TheHockeyIndia)
PM Modi speaks to Indian Hockey Women Team over phone (Image: Twitter/TheHockeyIndia)

New Delhi : It was heartbreaking to see Indian women team missing the Bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020; followed by tears of Rani Rampal and team on the field. Despite stellar performance, they failed to get a medal for the nation.

Shattered by the loss, the Indian team members broke into tears during a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who praised them for their performance in the event. PM Modi called the team after its agonising 3-4 loss to Great Britain in the bronze medal play-off on Friday and consoled the distraught players, who were seen sobbing.

“All of you have played really well. You left everything in the past five years, sweating it out for the sport. Your hard work and sweat didn’t get a medal but it has become the inspiration for crores of girls in the country. I congratulate the coach and all of you,” said Modi as the team gathered around the phone.

After a brief break, PM Modi urged players not to cry and said he can hear sobbing.

“Please everyone, stop crying the entire country is taking pride in you. After so many years hockey, India’s identity, has been reborn. This is all because of your efforts,” Modi said.

PM Modi also applauded head coach Sjoerd Marijne for his efforts.

“You have tried your level best, I am seeing how you have encouraged them. I am thankful to you, I wish you all the best for the future,” Modi said.

Marijne responded, “Thank you for your encouragement sir. The girls are a bit emotional right now, but I have told them to take pride in what they have achieved.”