India first played Hockey in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, straight away bringing back home the gold. The medal streak continued till 1980 since when Indian hockey has been waning.
Why did India stop winning since 1980 in the Olympics?
- Astro turf introduced in 70’s gave advantage to white players as it favored speed and power hockey. India never really adapted, although Pakistan did – and won three world cups and an Olympic gold from 1975-94. Astro Turf makes hockey a speed and power game, instead of a skill intensive game.
- Rules were changed to favor of Europeans teams and Australia, e.g. penalty corner, changes in off side rule were introduced.
|Team -1||Team -2||Date||Time||Result|
|India||Ireland||6 August||07:30 PM||India (3) vs Ireland (2)|
|Germany||India||8 August||07:30 PM||India (1) vs Germany (2)|
|Argentina||India||9 August||07:30 PM||India(2) vs
|Netherlands||India||11 August||07:30 PM|
|India||Canada||12 August||09:00 PM|
|Japan||India||7 August||07:30 PM||India(2) vs Japan(2)|
|India||Great Britain||8 August||18:00||India (0) vs Great Britain (3)|
|United States||India||11 August||19:30|