A grand reception was accorded to PR Sreejesh, goalkeeper of the Indian hockey crew that gained the bronze medal on the lately concluded Tokyo Olympics, on Tuesday night on the Cochin Worldwide Airport right here with a whole bunch of followers thronging the arrival space to welcome their hero. The welcome reception, organised by the Kerala authorities, was led by Sports activities Minister V Abdurahiman with the participation of State Sports activities Council President Mercy Kuttan, MLA P V Sreenijan and District Collector Jafer Malik amongst others.
The household of Sreejesh, together with his mother and father, P V Raveendran and Ushakumari, spouse P Ok Aneeshya and youngsters Anushree and Sreeansh have been additionally current to welcome him residence. In an emotional second, Sreejesh put the medal round his father’s neck.
Later, he was taken to his residence at Kizhakkambalam in an open jeep accompanied by the minister. After a small reception at his hometown, Sreejesh informed the media that he was actually completely satisfied was such a grand reception was accorded to him. “This medal is an Onam present to everybody,” he mentioned elevating the medal.
“Hockey is nice recreation and we’ll really feel hooked on it. I hope extra mother and father will ship their kids to play hockey and in future I want extra gamers, higher than me, win gold within the Olympics,” he mentioned. When requested whether or not the state authorities had introduced any reward for him, Sreejesh mentioned as a sportsperson, he achieved his greatest dream which was to win a medal in Olympics. “As a sportsperson, as a hockey participant, my greatest ambition was to win a medal within the Olympics and I obtained it. I’m certain that the state authorities will recognise our victory and the medal,” he added.
Sreejesh mentioned the climate affected the Indian crew prefer it affected all different groups. “It was humid and rained some days, however we obtained used to it and carried out properly. Our subsequent goal is the upcoming Asian Video games which is able to assist us to qualify for the subsequent Olympics,” he mentioned. The Indian males’s hockey crew rewrote historical past because it claimed an Olympic medal after 41 years, defeating Germany 5-Four to win the bronze in an edge-of-the-seat play-off match of the continuing Video games in Tokyo.
It was India’s third hockey bronze medal within the historical past of the Olympics. The opposite two got here in 1968 Mexico Metropolis and the 1972 Munich Video games.