Thakur hospitalized after breathing problem

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Forward Deepak Thakur has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Olympic Games Village hospital following a breathing problem.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Forward Deepak Thakur has been admitted to a hospital in the Olympic Games Village following a breathing problem. He would remain under observation for the next 24 hours, Indian Hockey Federation said today. Thakur will also miss the India-Argentina encounter. Medical emergency Thakur, who came to the team bench after the hooter for full time was sounded against New Zealand on Saturday, collapsed due to breathing problems, IHF media manager Anupam Ghulati said. Thakur had stopped breathing for a while and the medical staff at the ground used an oxygen mask to revive his breathing, he said. The player was then moved to ICU. However, he has now been shifted to a normal ward. Ghulati, however, confirmed that there was no ball injury to the player as was thought earlier. "Thakur's condition is now stable, but he will be kept under observation in ICU for the next 24 hours," he said. Dr Vece Paes, one of the doctors accompanying the Indian contingent, said the problem was "quite normal" and added that such instances were common with sportsmen. (With PTI inputs)

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