Gill, Kalmadi congratulate Indian hockey team

April 13th, 2009 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Sports minister M.S. Gill and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chairman Suresh Kalmadi congratulated the Indian hockey team for winning the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after 13 years.
India beat Malaysia 3-1 in Sunday’s final in Ipoh, Malaysia, to bring home the Cup for the fourth time.

“I congratulate the team. I see that Indian Hockey is on the rise. We will do everything to support it,” said Gill.

Kalmadi, who is also the chairman of the ad-hoc committee that is running the sport in the country after the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) was dissolved, congratulated captain Sandeep Singh and coach Harender Singh for the success.

Sandeep was the star of the tournament with six goals including two against arch-rivals Pakistan. Veteran Dilip Tirkey also became the highest capped player in the world crossing the 400-mark.

“This could not have been possible without a collective team effort. This victory augurs well for hockey in the country and it will go a long way to boost our national sport. I also congratulate Dilip for becoming the highest capped player in international hockey,” said Kalmadi.

The Indians were champions in 1985, 1991 and 1995 while in 2006 they lost to Argentina in the final.

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