Indian hockey fell to its lowest point today when the men’ s hockey team lost to Great Britain and could not even qualify for the Olympics. Hockey, by the way, is supposedly our national game. This means for the first time since 1928, India will not be represented in the men’s hockey, an event which we virtually monopolized between 1928 to 1956.
At one time India was synonymous with field hockey. Our players mesmerized their opponents with their deft stick work, dribbling and ball control. The world watched spellbound as our players showed their prowess on the field in one Olympics after another. Dhyan Chand, probably India’s greatest player ever was called the Wizard of Hockey.