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Diary | When We Were World Beaters: Former India Hockey Star M.M. Somaya’s Essay

Playing astro-turf for the first time en route to gold at Moscow 1980, on to Tokyo now…. Ex-India captain M.M. Somaya weaves back and forth across a glorious hockey history.

Diary | When We Were World Beaters: Former India Hockey Star M.M. Somaya’s Essay
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Diary | When We Were World Beaters: Former India Hockey Star M.M. Somaya’s Essay
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2021-07-31T17:29:45+05:30

The Indian hockey gharana has revolved around heroes and invariably they have been great goal scorers like the legendary Dhyan Chand, Balbir Singh (Senior), Leslie Claudius, Randhir Singh Gentle, Ranganathan Francis and the great K.D. Singh Babu. Their wizardry with the stick left oppositions flummoxed; the British appreciated the Indians’ ability with grace.

India won six straight gold medals from 1928 to 1956—indisputably our golden period. The last gold came at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. India’s seventh gold came at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the first time the Summer Games were held in Asia. There is something special about Tokyo and the Olympics. Japan’s resilience is well documented in its history. Tokyo 2020 is extraordinary because of the pandemic and, touch wood, it is going fine.

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