India hockey team wears black arm bands vs Pakistan condemning border violence

The Indian team wore black arm bands condemning the recent attacks on Indian soldiers along the Jammu and Kashmir border. On the pitch, India delivered a brutal blow to the neighbours by hammering them 7-1.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 19, 2017 1:22 pm
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Indian hockey team made a strong statement with the stick and with their off-field intention when they took on Pakistan in the Pool B encounter at the Olympic Park on Sunday. The Indian team wore black arm bands condemning the recent attacks on Indian soldiers along the Jammu and Kashmir border. On the pitch, India delivered a brutal blow to the neighbours by hammering them 7-1.

This is not the first time that a hockey team player has expressed displeasure and sadness at the lives lost in the valley. India’s usual keeper but currently injured PR Sreejesh had dedicated the team’s 2016 Champions Trophy title to the soldiers. There India had beaten Pakistan in the final.

India’s stand-in captain Harmanpreet Singh, who scored twice, said the players would use their sport to drive message home. “We wanted to win on the field today to show not only our proud nation but all the World that we will stand up and fight for what we believe in through sport,” he said in a release.

“The players of the Indian hockey teams have always shown tremendous belief and support for the Indian Armed Forces who guard the safety of our nation. They are proud of the nation’s soldiers and are often inspired by their dedication and sacrifice. As sportsmen, the Indian hockey teams have always shown solidarity and compassion towards the soldiers and have often dedicated their victories to the Indian Army. Today, the team strongly felt the need to condole the recent attacks carried out in Jammu & Kashmir where Indian soldiers lost their lives. It was a unanimous decision to wear black arm bands to condole these deaths and they wish for peace to prevail in the state of Jammu & Kashmir,” stated Secretary General of Hockey India Mohd Mustaque Ahmad in a statement.

With the win, India are now top of Pool B with three wins in three matches. They will take on Netherlands next.

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    nitesh
    Jun 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    Since indian cricket team and supporters did not wear black arm bands , does that mean they don't give a d,a,m,n about our soldiers ? Already the entire nation has completely forgotten that just 7 weeks ago , pakistan intruded into Indian territory and beheaded 2 of our soldiers . And yet the Modi Govt is completely silent ! there were no calls to boycott Ind-Pak match . Are the lives of our soldiers so cheap that we cannot even sacrifice cricket ? If congress had been in power , modi cheerGirls would have been jumping like monkeys accusing the Govt of being traitors.
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      Pragyanshu Mohapatra
      Jun 19, 2017 at 11:00 am
      thanks for your contribution make our country feel proud
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        Rajveer Singh
        Jun 19, 2017 at 4:14 am
        They were right as Pakistan captain was the one who fired first shot
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          ashoks
          Jun 19, 2017 at 4:10 am
          All the hockey players needs to be congratulated for this act
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            Rajveer Singh
            Jun 19, 2017 at 2:13 am
            Don't open Pandora box. Pakistan will write FREE KASHMIR on their shirts in future
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              neeraj agrawal
              Jun 19, 2017 at 6:12 am
              Please be sensible. They can not write slogans, u fool. At the most, they can also wear black bend or paint their face in black.
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              NPS
              Jun 19, 2017 at 12:09 am
              My best appriceation to Hockey Team India! Not like the Cricket team which has no Passion for the Country and its soldiers. Kohli and co just surrender to Pak without fight. Shame unto them.
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                one_genuine
                Jun 19, 2017 at 6:20 am
                You are having the greatest of sportsman spirit!
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                RS
                Jun 18, 2017 at 11:55 pm
                A shameless gesture by immature players. What had the Pak-is-tani players done? The answer is nothing, nothing at all. Hockey team would have been perfectly justified in expressing their disapproval of what they believe is Pak-is-tans violations back at home. Please cut the melodrama out. But have they ever thought about the general public there? What do they think and believe? It is naive to think that the violations are only one sided. I personally overheard this conversation among the Indian soldiers in Kashmir that, "Every evening they fire towards us and we fire towards them". This is not hearsay, this is the fact. Governments on both sides LIE. To believe the propaganda of either side is not good for that country's public.
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                  neeraj agrawal
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 6:18 am
                  U say that u overheard soldiers in Kashmir. Do u take others for fool. Do they talk in public. Moreover, u contradict urself n admit that after Pakistani firing, Indian soldiers retaliate. What do u want Indian soldiers to do? Should they sit and enjoy firing from Pakistani side
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                  Indian Abroad
                  Jun 18, 2017 at 11:28 pm
                  Salute to Hocky team's patriotism. I wish Indian Cricketers also wore the black band. BCCI is more about money than nationalism.
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                    one_genuine
                    Jun 19, 2017 at 6:21 am
                    It is a sport - patriotism is not decided by loosing or winning, it is decided by playing!
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