New Delhi: After winning the silver in the Asian Games in Busan, the Indian hockey team returned to a quiet homecoming. While on the one hand the team seemed to be unhappy for having lost the gold, they were glad to have put up a brave fight. The one moment time stood still for hockey lovers in the country was after coming back from three goals down, the Indians just could not keep the momentum going and lost 4-3 and the gold medal to South Korea. The highlight of the tournament for the Indians though was their brilliant 4-3 win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final. Indian coach Rajinder Singh seemed satisfied with the team's performance. "The team played well in the final. It's a matter of luck. We came from three goals down to make it 3-3. I am totally satisfied with the team's performance," he said. But with the next major hockey tournament a full two years away in Athens, Greece at the 2004 Olympics, for some players like Dhanraj Pillay, this result just wasn't good enough. "I am very sad that we could not retain the gold medal. In the last Asian Games we had won and I was the captain. I was hoping that we would win again this time so that we could begin our preparations for the Olympic Games in two years' time." Performances by the Indian team over the last few weeks have been encouraging, but it's been a case of so close yet in the end so far.
Topics : Hockey