Sunil Dutt meets hockey team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The 26-member US-bound Indian hockey squad was given a warm send off today by Sports Minister Sunil Dutt, who exhorted the players to restore lost glory.

Sunil Dutt meets hockey team

New Delhi:

The 26-member US-bound Indian hockey squad was given a warm send off today by Sports Minister Sunil Dutt, who exhorted the players to restore lost glory. The team will be in US on an Olympic training-cum-competition trip. "I am really delighted to meet you all. Be confident that you can win," he told the players, who responded with a round of big applause. Pep talk The film star-turned-politician, who took over as the new Sports Minister in the United Progressive Alliance government, said, "The nation is confident that you will win a medal, even a gold, in Athens." "I have witnessed on television the passion of players when they attain Olympic glory. Standing on the podium with the national anthem being played, they are overwhelmed with pride," he said. The squad will work on its physical fitness at the prestigious Athletics Professional Institute in Phoenix, USA till June 21 before moving to Amsterdam for another training session from June 22 to 24. The team will also play a four-nation tournament in Holland from June 25 to July 4. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey
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