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India vs Pakistan: Indian Hockey Players Wear Black Armbands to Condole Attack on Soldiers

The Indian hockey players walked on to the pitch at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Stadium wearing black arm bands for their match against Pakistan to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian army.

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Updated:June 19, 2017, 9:26 AM IST
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India vs Pakistan: Indian Hockey Players Wear Black Armbands to Condole Attack on Soldiers
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New Delhi: Even though the Indian cricket team failed to cross the line against Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy at the Oval, the Indian Men’s Hockey Team demolished a hapless Pakistan 7-1 to register their third consecutive victory and seal a place in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final.

And the boys walked on to the pitch at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Stadium wearing black arm bands for their match against Pakistan to condole the deaths of martyrs in the recent attacks on the Indian army.

The team faced Pakistan after two strong wins in their previous matches where they beat Scotland 4-1 and Canada 3-0 in the Pool B encounters. In their match against Pakistan, the Indian team led by midfielder Manpreet Singh including the Indian Team support staff were seen wearing black arm bands.

The hockey fraternity in India has always been vocal about the pride and respect they have for the Indian soldiers and have always condemned such barbaric acts. They have often taken to social media to show their condolences for the martyrs of the country. So much so, that PR Sreejesh had dedicated the team’s victory at the 2016 Asian Champions Trophy to the soldiers, where they beat Pakistan in the Final.

"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. 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 Mohd Mustaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India.

Captain Manpreet Singh went on to say. “We wanted to win on the field 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.”
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