The Indian hockey team displayed a strong gesture on Sunday, condemning the attacks against Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, and condoling the deaths of our martyrs as they wore black armbands during their match against Pakistan in the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final.
The support staff of the Indian team were also wearing black armbands.
India won the match by a huge margin of 7-1.
The Indian hockey fraternity has been actively vocal against attacks on Indian soldiers. Many players have often used social media as a tool to express their condolences for the martyrs of the country. In fact, PR Sreejesh had dedicated the team’s victory at the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy to the soldiers, where they beat Pakistan in the final.
The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation. They are proud of the nation’s soldiers and are often inspired by their dedication and sacrifice,” said Mohd Mustaque Ahmad, secretary general, Hockey India.
“As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army. Today, the team strongly felt the need to condole the recent attacks carried out in Jammu & Kashmir where Indian soldiers lost their lives.
“It was a unanimous decision to wear black armbands to condole these deaths and they wish for peace to prevail in the state of Jammu & Kashmir,” he added.
Captain Manpreet Singh said: “We wanted to win on the field today to show not only our proud nation but all the world that we will stand up and fight for what we believe in through sport.”