Hockey Controversy: FIH is now embarrassed to see the loss of Indian team, apologizes for the mistake

New Delhi: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has apologized over the watch-related controversy during the Indian women’s team’s semi-final loss to Australia at the Commonwealth Games. Along with this, the FIH has said to conduct a full review of the incident. Australia’s Rosie Malone, who missed her first attempt during the penalty shootout, was given another chance as the eight-second countdown on the scoreboard had not started. Malone did not give up when he got a second chance and gave his team the lead.

India eventually lost the semi-final match 0-3 in a shootout. Both the teams were tied 1-1 till regular time. The audience had also expressed anger over the decision of the technical officials.

Well done Savita Poonia, well done daughters! Don’t shed tears on wrong decision, you have won medal for us
The FIH said in a statement, “The shootout was accidentally started too early (the clock was not ready to operate at the time) during the semi-final match between the Australia and India women’s teams at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, for which we apologize.” Huh.’

The statement further said, “In such a situation, there is a process of taking penalty shootouts again and it has been done. FIH will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident so that such issues can be avoided in future.

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Indian team captain Savita Poonia also looked very disappointed after this defeat in the semi-finals. After the match, Savita said, ‘We will take some time to recover from this defeat. It was a close match. We worked hard but now we have the last chance for the bronze medal.

He said, ‘As a captain and a senior player, it is my responsibility to encourage the players. I now want to forget this defeat and prepare for the team against New Zealand. This match is very important for us for the bronze medal.

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