Hockey star Vivek Singh battles cancer

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The Indian Hockey Federation has announced a Rs 1 lakh grant for former player Vivek Singh.

New Delhi:

The Indian Hockey Federation has announced a Rs 1 lakh grant for former player Vivek Singh. The former international is battling cancer and the doctors say his condition is serious. But the former centre forward in the Indian hockey team displays an exemplary resilience and self confidence. "Everyone has to die one day, but in different ways. I am fortunate to have been forewarned of the nature of my death. The fight is on. My disease is aggressive, but then, so am I," he says. Insurance cover Many of Vivek's supporters, colleagues and fans have come forward with generous contributions. But Vivek says the Indian Hockey Federation as well as the Indian Olympic Association should think about of an insurance scheme for former sportspeople. "The government should start a fund. The way things are nowadays anybody could fall ill at any time. The government fund should then come to the immediate aid of the sportsperson who might be ill," says Vivek. Even though Vivek spends most of his time in and out of hospitals, he says he will also be taking time out to watch the national team's progress at the Athens Olympics.

Topics : Hockey
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