Despite missing medal at Games, women’s hockey has bright future: Salima Tete

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Missed medal in Tokyo but future of women’s hockey is bright: Salima Tete

New Delhi| Indian women’s hockey team midfielder Salima Tete, who performed brilliantly in the Tokyo Olympics, said on Tuesday that her team may have missed out on a medal, but women’s hockey has a bright future in the times to come. India gave tough competition to some of the top teams in the world in the Olympics and created history. They defeated three-time Olympic champions Australia 1–0 in the quarterfinals and played their first Olympic semi-final against Argentina.

“We were really disappointed when we lost to Great Britain in the bronze medal match in Tokyo,” said the 19-year-old. Even though we didn’t win a medal, the way we played in Tokyo has definitely given us a lot of confidence and it is going to help us deliver better results in the future.

Tete said that she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to play in the Olympic Games at a very young age. “The Olympic Games is the biggest tournament for any sportsperson and I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to perform at the highest level for my country,” she said.

Tete said, “I have learned a lot playing in high pressure conditions and I will definitely use my learning in upcoming competitions.” There is a lot to learn when you play against the best teams and we are very happy with the way we gave each of our rivals a tough fight in the knock-out stage in Tokyo.

When asked what was the most important thing that helped India do well in the Olympics, Tete said, “We found a way to attack the opponents. We created many goal-scoring opportunities and made sure we did our penalty corners well and we gave our all on the field, no matter what the situation, we never gave up.

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