Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Men's Junior Hockey team for winning World Cup and said it augurs well for the future of Indian hockey adding that the victory will make the sport even more popular among youngsters.
In a tweet, Prime Minister said, he is extremely proud of youngsters.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also hailed India's victory saying the team displayed superb play. In her message, she said there was splendid coordination among the players and impregnable defence.
Extremely proud of our youngsters! Congratulations to our junior hockey team for winning the #JuniorHockeyWorldCup.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2016
The #JuniorHockeyWorldCup win augurs well for the future of Indian hockey & will make the sport even more popular among youngsters.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2016
Home favourites India produced a clinical performance here on Sunday to outclass maiden finalists Belgium 2-1 and clinch their second Hockey Junior World Cup title after a 15-year-gap.
Gurjant Singh (eighth minute) and Simranjeet Singh (22nd) scored the two goals for India, who had won their previous Under-21 world title in 2001 in Hobart, Australia.
Belgium scored their goal at the death via Fabrice van Bockrijck at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here. The goal didn't matter much for India as it was the final action of the match.
With this win, India became only the second nation after Germany to win the Under-21 title more than once. Germany, who overpowered Australia 3-0 to secure the third spot on the podium, have won six titles.