The Indian women’s hockey team has qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite a 1-4 loss to the US in the second leg of the qualifier which had played at the Kalinga Stadium in Odisha. India qualified for the Olympics on a 6-5 aggregate, as they had won the first leg of the qualifier on Friday by a 5-1 margin.
Ex-India opener Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to wish actor Shah Rukh Khan on his 54th birthday and also congratulate Indian women’s hockey team for qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. “Happy Birthday @iamsrk...and what a fitting day for...Indian women’s hockey team to qualify for #Tokyo2020,” he wrote. Shah Rukh played the role of Indian women’s hockey team coach in ‘Chak De! India’.
Following close behind the women’s team, India’s men’s team has also qualified for the Tokyo games after beating Russia 11-3 on aggregate. The Indian men, ranked fifth in the world, had earlier defeated world number 22 Russia 4-2 in the first-leg on Friday.