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Sports Home Cricket News Lance Armstrong will remain my hero: Yuvraj Singh

Lance Armstrong will remain my hero: Yuvraj Singh

"Coming back from cancer and achieving so much makes him great. He is an idol. You see super heroes in fiction, he's a real life hero," Yuvraj, who also survived cancer after undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy, said on Wednesday.

Press Trust of India  |  Last updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 19:58 Print font size - +

Kolkata:  Seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong's great fall from the grace is not enough for India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh to change his opinion about the American cyclist who had been slapped with a ban for use of performance-enhancing drugs.

"I've read everything that has come out on him. I sent him a New Year message saying that he would always be my hero no matter what the world says.

"Coming back from cancer and achieving so much makes him great. He is an idol. You see super heroes in fiction, he's a real life hero," Yuvraj, who also survived cancer after undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy, said on Wednesday.

Armstrong was earlier this year stripped of his seven Tour titles and lost most of his sponsors after the US Anti-Doping Agency said he had been at the front of a systematic doping program.

Yuvraj, meanwhile, said he always looked up to Sachin Tendulkar as an elder brother and his retirement from ODIs has made him very sad.

"Personally, it's a very sad thing for me that he would not be there in the ODI dressing room. Certainly a great player has gone from ODIs. I will personally miss him a lot.

"There is no point talking about his records. If we do so, it will take at least a year to complete. He was someone whom I looked up to as an elder brother," he said.

Asked to describe year 2011 when India lifted the ODI World Cup and then he was diagnosed with cancer between his lungs, the left-hander said, "2011 was a crucial year for Indian cricket as we won the World Cup.

"It was an unpredictable year...on one hand, there was the joy of winning World Cup and on the other hand, being diagnosed with cancer. It was difficult to come out...I am proud that I've done it," said the Man-of-the-Series of World Cup 2011.

Yuvraj said that 2013 would a crucial year for him. "2013 will be an interesting year. It will prove whether I can perform the way I used to. I hope to better my performance. I work very hard to come out of the phase."

On the sidelines of the launch of a highly equipped mobile cancer screening van, Yuvraj said, "The primary aim is to detect 1000 (cancer patients). It's about pushing people to know more about cancer and its early diagnosis.

"There is a need for awareness in Eastern India. I've something to do to spread cancer awareness. It's a huge step forward."

If he has fears of cancer relapsing, Yuvraj said, "Why are you scaring me? This is New Year. As a survivor, I never think of relapse. It's the last thing on my mind."

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Story first published on: Wednesday, 02 January 2013 19:50

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