New Delhi: It is a very sad day to see India being pushed to the bottom of the table in the preliminary pool matches of the Olympic Games hockey competition. The 1-4 loss to South Korea has left Indian hockey at the crossroads once again.
Slumping of the lowest position India will even finish in the Olympic Games hurts. Of course, we are not taking 2008 into consideration when India did not qualify for the Beijing Olympics and, theoretically were pushed below the 12 countries that actually figured in the starting lineup.
My memory goes back to the 1986 World Cup when we had to play in the playoff for the final two positions. It took a lot out of the Indian team then, and this outfit will have to bear the pain now, even though there is another match against Belgium before India goes into the contest for the 11th and 12th spots.