Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr has the last dream to see India win another gold in Olympics. He has serious hopes from the PR Sreejesh-led Indian men’s hockey team at Rio Olympics.
“I have strong hope that we will do well this time and win a medal. My last desire in my remaining lifetime is to see Indian hockey team win an Olympic gold medal,” the 92-year-old told.
Balbir Sr, who is probably India’s oldest living Olympian wished good luck to all Rio-bound Indian athletes.”Work hard, aim high, think positive, the spot at the top is always vacant. It’s meant for the brave, those who deserve to reach there. When I was playing as captain, I used to say such things and even as chief coach and manager of Indian hockey team, I used to say that we have to go to win.” he said.
“I have believed in this philosophy throughout my life. At no stage, we can negative thoughts to cross our minds. We have to give our best and aim for the win,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently exuded confidence that the Indian contingent would put up a grand show at Rio. “Prime Minister Modi has exuded confidence that the Indian contingent would put up a grand show,” said Balbir Sr.
Asked if the current Indian hockey team has the mettle to bring back the elusive gold after a long hiatus, Balbir Sr said, “The team has been preparing hard. I would tell them to go all out, go for the win. The present hockey captain (Sreejesh) has also shown a lot of promise.”
“I will tell the team to treat every match as a final and play with that mindset. Our game should be a balanced one, while we have to play an attacking game, our defence should also not lag,” he said.
2016 is the diamond jubilee year of the 1956 Olympics, where independent India completed a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals. The Indian hockey team had set an unmatched record of being the only side to win an Olympic gold without conceding a single goal in any of the matches. The tournament score of the Indian team was an astonishing 38-0.