India men’s Hockey team loses 2-5 to Belgium


India men's Hockey team's dream of a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came to a halt as World No. 2 Belgium defeated the Manpreet Singh-led side 5-2 in Tokyo on Tuesday. India will now the loser between Australia and Germany in the second final in the bronze medal match.

"It is really hard for me right now because we came with a winning mindset, but unfortunately we didn't win the match. Now we need to focus on our next bronze-medal match and we need to work and we need to get the medal," Manpreet said after the loss.

"It's a great honour for us reaching the semifinal after a long time, but now I think we need to focus because the next match is going to be really important for us. At least we should win a bronze medal for the nation," he added.

The Manpreet Singh-led side created history two days earlier when they reached the semi-finals of an Olympics for the first time in 49 years.