Pillay enthused by Sahara sponsorship

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dhanrajpillai1.jpg' class='caption'> Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay has hailed the Sahara India's decision to sponsor the national team for eight years.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay has hailed the Sahara India's decision to sponsor the national senior and junior teams for eight years, and urged his teammates to play with renewed vigour in the Champions Trophy next month. Pillay, who was felicitated along with two other Mumbai boys – Viren Rasquinha and Vikaram Pillay – for winning two back-to-back tournaments recently, said "it is a fantastic gesture on part of Sahara to sponsor our team. This will only benefit the game in the country". Pillay, who broke down while receiving mementos and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 from his friend and film star Jackie Shroff, said "it is now upto the players in the team to perform to their potential in the Champions Trophy next month and the Athens Olympics next year as we have a very good understanding amongst ourselves". "I am sure we will do very well in the near future and with a sponsor to back us, we will have to give 100 percent whenever we step on the ground," he added. A seminar on 'Is cricket the only sport' was also held on the occasion, addressed by reputed sportspersons like former World billiards champions Michael Ferriera and Geeth Sethi, badminton legend Nandu Natekar, table tennis legend Kamlesh Mehta, former Mumbai Ranji team captain Milind Rege and Director of Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra Mukesh Sharma and Rajya Sabha Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Nirupam. Pillay said it was great to know that there were people who acknowledged their efforts but said what was even more touching was the spectrum of people gathered to honour them. (PTI) Also read

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