IOA supports hockey players

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New Delhi, Sep 27 (UNI) The beleaguered hockey players got a shot in the arm with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) coming out strongly in their support, asking the government to end discrimination with regard to hockey and other sports vis a vis cricket.

In a hard hitting statement IOA, the Country's premier sports body said ''It fully support the statements made by prominent hockey players regarding the lack of support and step motherly treatment accorded to them.'' Hockey is country's national sport and deserves to be encouraged and supported to regain its pre-eminent position in the world.

''Recently, hockey and football teams have performed in an outstanding manner. In addition, the Indian rifle shooters and archers have cornered glory by becoming individual world champions.'' ''We feel the success of all sports persons who excel at the international level should be adequately appreciated, and all sports persons who toil for the prestige of the country should be equally recognized and rewarded,'' IOA President Suresh Kalmadi and Secretary General Randhir Singh said.

''At present, while the entire country celebrates the achievements of the Indian cricket team that won the 20-20 World Cup, there is a strong feeling that the splendid achievements of Olympic sports persons who bring glory to the nation are not given due recognition.'' ''We appeal to all sports lovers, corporate houses and state governments to be generous and equally acknowledge and reward the achievements of all Indian sports persons. Let us come together to promote sports and work towards making India a sporting super power,'' they said.

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