The defeat of the Indian women’s ice hockey team in the semi-finals of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games is now the subject of controversy. Team India lost to Australia and it seems like the Indian fans are far from forgetting that as they didn’t take the drama lightly.
Indian fans have accused the International Hockey Federation of taking advantage of the women in blue’s chance to win gold.
This comes after India were denied a chance in the finals due to pathetic management standards at such a major sporting event. India lost 3-0 to Australia in the semifinals and Indian fans feel that the country’s chance to win gold has been robbed.
To the layman, all three Indian shooters missed their chance in the shootout. But the Indian women’s ice hockey team was even more unlucky last night when Australia’s Malone missed her first try after a nice save from Indian and goaltender-captain Savita.
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But things got ugly when officials tried Australia again, even though the clock hadn’t even started. And on her second attempt she scored a point. Later, two other Australians also scored on penalties, leading to their 3-0 semi-final victory.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag also expressed his dismay at the affair on Twitter.
The Indian team and coach were very disappointed with the mismanagement of CWG 2022 and even spoke out strongly about the incident.
India coach Janneke Schopman broke the silence on the shootout drama, saying: “I just don’t understand why? The Australians didn’t even complain. And I don’t think even one player did that. But I think the officials understood what happened. While that’s not an excuse, it certainly didn’t help us.”
Neither the Indian team nor the Indian fans took the drama lightly. #cheating has been trending on Twitter since last night and two have criticized mismanagement at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
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