When Pakistani hockey gamers cheered for Indian soccer group

New Delhi, September 4

It could seem troublesome to imagine now, however former Indian soccer group defender Arun Ghosh vividly remembers the day when the Pakistani hockey gamers had been among the many only a few individuals cheering for India on the floor in the course of the 1962 Asian Games. Ghosh, one of many key members of the Indian group of the ‘Golden Era’, will get goosebumps when he remembers India’s gold medal match on the Jakarta Asian Games. India defeated South Korea 2-1 within the ultimate to win gold. That was the final soccer gold India gained within the Asian Games. India had additionally gained gold within the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 in New Delhi.

The 1962 Asiad ultimate was held on September 4, precisely 58 years in the past. Ghosh mentioned that the whole Indonesia wished India to lose the ultimate. Indonesians had been angered when an Indian sports activities official commented that the Jakarta occasion must be stripped of the ‘Asian Games’ tag as a result of Indonesia had not authorized visas for athletes from Israel and Taiwan.

Hostile ambiance

“I still feel goosebumps. The stadium in Jakarta was jampacked with a partisan 1,00,000-strong Indonesian crowd cheering for Korea at the top of their voice,” Ghosh mentioned. “But we had our support too. Any guesses? Strange as it may sound, the Pakistan hockey team cheered for us. Unbelievable, but true!”

Despite the hostile ambiance, India took a 2-Zero lead. “There was pin-drop silence when we went 2-0 up. The animosity was so high that no one came to congratulate us even after the match,” mentioned Ghosh. — TNS, Agencies

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