For the second time in the history of the tournament, India’s men and women hockey teams became the Asia Cup winners simultaneously. For the first time, the two teams won the trophy in the same year. Adding to it, both the Indian teams are in the top 10 of their respective FIH (International Hockey Federation) rankings for the first time. If that’s not enough, adding to the list of first-timers, India women have found a place in the top 10 rankings.
Guess what was not for the first time? The answer is that the men's hockey tournament was live on TV but the women's tournament was conveniently ignored. And quite rightly, the champions aren't happy about it. By beating China on Sunday in Kakamigahara, India ended a wait of 13 long years to win its second women's Asia Cup trophy under new coach Harendra Singh. As the news broke in, of course through social media, fans celebrated the win and heaped praises for the young women’s efforts. All this when they should have been glued to their TV sets watching one of the finest moments of Indian hockey. But it's not possible when the game's stakeholders have made little effort to air the tournament, which our women won undefeated.
“We are feeling very proud after becoming the champions of Asia. The men hockey team just got the gold medal and now we did it as well. However, I am a little disappointed because our matches were not telecast live on television like those of men," said midfielder Monika, while speaking to ANI.
"We will definitely discuss this matter with our coach that the women`s hockey team should also be uplifted. Our ranking is also getting better with each passing day. We too deserve the status given to the men team," she added.The fact that the women - mostly in their early 20s go out and continue to give their 100 percent is a testament to their dedication and hard work and not airing such matches just goes on to show how the country has only learned to worship cricket and no other game.