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Olympians hail India victory
Posted on: 13-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

Olympians hailed India’s victory Sunday at the Azlan Shah tournament saying it was the right step forward for Indian hockey with some major engagements in the offing. Although the field this time for Azlan Shah wasn’t that strong in that the top international sides weren’t involved, hockey veterans said they hoped that the team can build on this victory and revive the interest for the game in the country. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sports minister M.S. Gill also congratulated the team.

Leslie Claudius: It’s a tremendous boost for Indian hockey… definitely encouraging. This should entice the younger generation to take up hockey. The team played really well, especially the captain (Sandeep Singh).

Keshav Dutt: I wish they can keep up the good work. The players are performing well but you have to perform well against the stronger sides, and that too consistently. I don’t want to single out anyone for special praise…it was a team effort.

Zafar Iqbal: It’s (the win) undoubtedly a huge morale booster for the team, but we can’t think big about it. The team should now focus on the Asia Cup and next year’s World Cup.

Ashok Kumar: It’s a wonderful victory. The win was very important to regain Indian hockey’s past glory. It’s a confidence booster for the team. Sandeep led from the front. He displayed amazing skills with the stick and also a mature head as captain.

Gurbux Singh: It’s a good show from the Indians. Beating Malaysia in Malaysia, that too twice (earlier in the round robin stage), is really commendable. Sandeep’s performance is really heartening.


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