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Indian Hockey Out of Olympics – first time in 80 years


Six consecutive Olympic gold medal winner hockey champion INDIA, for the first time in 80 years (since their debut in 1928) will not have the men’s hockey team part in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A heartbroken hockey fraternity reacted with anger as India lost to Great Britain in the final of the Olympic qualifiers 2-0 in Santiago on Sunday night (early Monday morning IST).

In 1928, the Indian team won their first Olympic gold medal. Hockey is the country’s national game despite cricket’s popularity.

From 1928 to 1956, India remained unbeaten in the Olympics garnering six gold medals in a row. Today the Indian team has won a total of 8 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in Olympics.


The Indian Hockey team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics ( Photo credit Wiki)

India coach Joaquim Carvalho has resigned after India lost the game along with his support staff following India’s failure to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the first time in 80 years.

Indian Hockey failure to qualify for the Olympics games is a “huge national disaster.

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  • aditya April 18, 2008, 3:16 am

    yes, may be it is a disaster to the hockey sport but not a “huge National; Disaster”… right!
    It’s a game and either of the two teams shall win.
    So, think of the reasons behind the failure.n the reasons may be both political & financial. might be that our players are not that much trained with sophisticated technical equipment as of other countries.
    But, it should be noted that Hockey is India’s national game and losing to someone whose national game is different from hockey is somewhat bad.

  • Lokesh Kumar August 12, 2008, 7:05 am

    I think indian team has got carried away with ‘chak de India’ thinkings its just another day so take it easy kind of attitude! By sheer selection to the team, the team thought they are the heroes! Well , aditya is right , we may not have sophisticated equipment to train the team together will lack of will to win – you need to have that ‘urge’ that ‘burn in the stomach’ to go there and win man!! better luck next time!
    cheers India ( MR Bindra for now!)

  • manoharan August 6, 2009, 10:36 pm

    hi friends,

    1st off all i would like to say thanks to everyone because we have proved to been an indian hockey player

  • ahmed ali November 4, 2010, 5:42 am

    unlucky india!

  • satya June 5, 2011, 1:23 pm

    Indian hockey needs a complete overhaul. Bring in corporate sponsors and set aside $100 million a year from center for developing hockey based sports infrastructure & training facilities. I played in astro turf at National stadium in Delhi – fully corrupt – if you know the sports minister or IAS officers, your son would be selected in team.
    We need to build 5-10 more astro turf stadiums with day night training facilities all across India specially in North East states. Make hockey federation under private management .

    India cam win gold any day – just need to look at cHINA.

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