New Delhi:After the Cricket players, it was the turn of hockey players to meet the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence on Wednesday.
"Lads, I have done it too," was the message from the PM as he met the Indian hockey team and recalled his time on the field.
The Indian hockey team, which won the Asia Cup in Chennai last month, led by skipper Parabodh Tirkey, was meeting the Prime Minister, after they were felicitated along with the T20 team by the President on Tuesday.
Hockey players have been protesting against what they say is the step motherly treatment given to the sport. There was an outcry from various quarters about the hockey team's success being overlooked in the face of the Indian Twenty20 team's World Cup triumph.
The national coach Joaquim Carvalho had said that the hockey players were being dealt with in an unfair manner.
The Prime Minister has now promised them all support.
The hockey team, along with the Twenty20 team, was felicitated by the President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday.