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India’s final Olympic Hockey Gold on the 1980 Moscow Video games
After a tumultuous interval following the hockey debacle on the 1976 Montreal Olympics, India fielded a comparatively younger however gifted aspect for the Moscow Video games, the place barring skipper Vasudevan Baskaran and goalkeeper Bir Bahadur Chhetri, the remainder made their debut.
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The Video games, although, had been marred by a U.S.-led boycott over the Russian presence in Afghanistan.
As such, males’s hockey had simply six groups with the medallists of the earlier Video games — New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan, moreover European powerhouses West Germany and Holland — remaining absent. Thus, a gold medal for India was a foregone conclusion.
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It was not all clean crusing for the Indians who drew 2-2 with each Poland and Spain within the league section whereas trouncing a weak Tanzania 18-0, Cuba 13-0 and Russia 4-2 to qualify for the ultimate.
India needed to work laborious for the gold as Spain put up a preventing efficiency. Targets by Surinder Singh Sodhi (2), Mohd Shahid and M.Okay. Kaushik arrange a 4-3 win for India.
The members of the India’s filed hockey workforce leap for pleasure after beating the Spanish workforce 4-3 to win the gold medal within the Moscow Olympics on July 26, 1980. The victory offered India’s ninth Olympic hockey title however its first since 1964. – THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Regardless of India successful the gold after a lapse of 16 years, few hooked up a lot significance on condition that the highest groups stayed out of the competitors. But, the triumph helped to appease the nerves and restore a modicum of respectability to Indian hockey whose slide was at the very least quickly halted.
(Learn the complete article revealed in The Hindu on July 17, 2012)