India will be eyeing a slice of history when the face Belgium in the semifinals of the men’s hockey at the Tokyo Olympics here on Tuesday (August 3). India had beaten Great Britain 3-1 to enter the last four.
Magnitude of the achievement is such that this was the first time since 1980 that India had managed to enter the last four of Olympics Games. India had won gold under Vasudevan Bhaskaran in the Moscow Olympics which was marred boycott by USA and its allied nations during the height of the Cold War.
Since then, India had gone down the pecking order in world hockey, often their campaign in Olympics ending on a disastrous note or at times even not getting qualified for the biggest sporting event on the earth. But in Tokyo, India had cast away that decades of denial and frustration with that win over Britain.
Earlier, the Indian men’s hockey team defeated Great Britain 3-1 in a quarterfinal match to qualify for the semifinals of Olympics Games after 49 years on Sunday (August 1)
Match Date: The India vs. Belgium men’s hockey semifinal will be played on Tuesday (August 3).
Match time: in IST the semifinal will start from 7 AM IST
Where to watch: TV Channel, Live streaming The India vs Belgium men’s hockey semifinal will be live on Sony Sports Networks, and live streaming will be on Sony LIV.