#GoForGold trended on Twitter after the Indian Women’s hockey team secured a spot in the Olympic semifinal.
There was an eruption of joy and congratulatory messages after the India women’s hockey team Monday created history on Monday by reaching the semifinals at the Olympics for the first time ever. India shocked Australia 1-0 with a Gurjit Kaur goal in the second quarter to reach the semifinals at Tokyo 2020.
The hashtag #GoForGold trended as fans and celebrities took to social media sending congratulatory messages and flooding Twitter with good luck messages for the upcoming matches.
The all-important goal of the quarter final match was scored from a penalty corner by Gurjit Kaur.
Several eminent personalities congratulated the team. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared a message of congratulations for the team.
Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, referred to the Indian goalie Savita Punia as ‘The Great Wall of India’ when he tweeted, “Well done @TheHockeyIndia!! Was a tough #Hockey match, but your defence held out until the end. @savitahockey, the ‘Great Wall of India’ – could not be beaten! Best of luck in the semi & grand finals. #TeamIndia #TokyoTogether #IndiaKaGame.”
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s, whose government signed a ₹100 crore deal with Hockey India in 2018 to sponsor the men’s and women’s hockey teams over the next 5 years, stood on the balcony of his official residence Naveen Niwas in Bhubaneswar to record a congratulatory video message for the Indian eves.
Australian cricketer David Warner, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, praised the losing Australian team’s effort and congratulated the Indian team in his tweet.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was also among those who used Twitter to express their joy.
India will now face Argentina for a spot in the final.
NRI Affairs News Desk