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TURFED OUT

Asia, especially India and Pakistan, were the kingpins of field hockey until the introduction of synthetic turf in the 1970s. India, who had managed to win at least a bronze medal between 1928 and 1974 Olympiads, returned home empty handed from the 1976 Games in Montreal. It was the first time that artificial turf was introduced at the Olympics. India, regained the title four years later in Moscow, but that was helped by the boycott of many of the top hockey nations. Despite, sporadic successes by Asian teams including India,…

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