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New Delhi : It took the Indian hockey team 41 years to end the medal drought at the Olympics. A resolute Indian men’s hockey team rewrote history when it scored a sweet victory at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The bronze at the Tokyo Olympics was not just a medal, but it was also the realisation of the hopes and dreams of crores of countrymen.

There was a time when India ruled world hockey. The eight-time former gold-winners at the Olympics, however, failed to keep pace with modern hockey in the last four decades. The advent of astro turf and unprecedented changes in the rules of the game caused a slump in the fortunes of Indian hockey as it struggled in the world class competitions.  But the Indian hockey team has risen from the ashes and is on the path of resurgence. Under the captaincy of Manpreet Singh, India finally managed to bag the most sought after medal at the Olympics.

Congratulating the Indian team on this historic victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, “This is a new India, an India full of confidence. This is a historic day, which will always remain in the memory of every Indian. Congratulations to Team India for bringing home the Bronze. They have given new hope to the youth of our country.” All the members of the team presented the Prime Minister a hockey stick with their autographs during their felicitation ceremony, according to a PIB release.

Now this stick, which has given wings to lakhs of aspiring hockey players, has been included in the online bid of gifts received by the Prime Minister. Whoever wants to acquire this stick can participate in the online bidding site — pmmementos.gov.in/. This online bid, which started from September 17, 2021, will run till October 7, 2021.

The amount raised from the auction will be spent on the Namami Gange project, the conservation and rejuvenation programme of river Ganga..