President to felicitate cricket, football, hockey teams tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) Cricket, Hockey and Football will be treated on a par at least for a day, when President Pratibha Devisingh Patil felicitate members of the victorious Twenty20 World Cup team, the Asia Cup hockey squad and the Nehru Cup football team.

The President will felicitate all the players together as she wants to drive home the point that all sports are equally important and should be given the same kind of focus and attention, both by the administrators and spectators, knowledgeable sources said.

The delay in felicitating the victorious teams by the President is due to the fact that the first citizen of the country was insistent on receiving the players from the three disciplines together, the sources said.

Some of the hockey players had launched an agitation, recently, to protest against the step-motherly treatment meted out to them as compared to the huge financial rewards announced for the Twenty20 Indian Team.

The players would be honoured by the President at noon tomorrow.

Some of the hockey and footblall players are said to be happy that they are on a par with the pampered cricket players, at least in the eyes of the President of the country.


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