“Not a Bronze day but Golden Day for Indian Hockey” said Gurbux Singh who, along with the Indian hockey team, won Gold in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. As the men’s hockey team won Bronze at another Olympics in Tokyo, Singh spoke exclusively to India Today, sharing his optimism and claiming that Indian Hockey’s golden period had begun.
“A golden day has risen for Indian hockey after 40 years. We have to hold it and take it upwards from here. We have waited long enough since the 80’s that we have proven ourselves at the world stage” said the Indian hockey legend.
Singh, was a member of the India national field hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics. He was the Joint Captain at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, where India won a Bronze Medal, and the Coach for the Indian team at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. For his outstanding contribution to the country in the field of sports, Gurbux was given the Arjuna Award in the year 1966.
“The team has been working hard for the past 4 years.Their ranking has risen from 9 to 3 now and they have proved their ranking,” said Singh.
Not only about the men’s team, Singh was confident that the women’s team would also win Bronze, if they could keep their composure.
“Not only the men’s team, but also the way the women’s team has played is brilliant. The way they defeated Australia, I dont know why they cannot defeat Great Britain. I am hopeful that the women’s team will take bronze too. They need to keep composed. I am sure they will win,” said Singh.