Yuvraj will be fight it out, says father (Lead)

February 6th, 2012 - 9:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 6 (IANS) India’s star cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj said his son, who is undergoing chemotherapy in the US for a malignant lung tumour, will come back strongly as a champion player. Yograj also said that Yuvraj had not taken his ailment seriously initially when the first signs were visible.

Yograj, a former international cricketer, thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for supporting his son. He said doctors treating Yuvraj at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston have assured him that his son will come back as a champion.

“Yuvraj had chemotherapy and now he is on medicines. Doctors are trying to end it permanently. Doctors are telling Yuvi will come back as a champion. I am thankful to BCCI. Like a father they have treated Yuvraj. If they wouldn’t have helped him then it would have been a different story,” Yograj said while trying to hold back tears at his residence near here.

“He is a fighter. He is a sher (Lion). He will fight this out and will be back on the cricket field very soon,” Yograj said.

Yuvraj is reportedly being treated by the same doctor who treated legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer in 1996 and went on to win the Tour de France a record seven times. Yuvraj is also seeking inspiration from Armstrong.

Yograj said Yuvraj was responding well to the chemotherapy treatment.

“Yuvi is recovering well from treatment for cancer in the US. And the doctors there say he will come back stronge. He is responding well to treatment. In fact, the doctor keeps asking him if he belongs to a very strong bloodline. The doctors are of the opinion that this treatment may take 4-6 months or even a year. He might get well by March. The doctors are saying that Yuvraj will go back as a new champion,” he said.

Without blaming anyone, Yograj admitted that Yuvraj’s treatment was delayed as he did not take the problem seriously.

“I had advised him to get a check up done but he said that he was not a kid and that he was fine. I had advised him to get checked up two years back when he was coughing badly after hitting a six during a Twenty20 match in Mohali. I don’t want to blame anyone but things could have been different. A doctor who had seen his reports six months back had pleaded with folded hands that he be taken to the US for immediate treatment,” Yograj said.

The 30-year-old Yuvraj stays with his mother Shabnam in Gurgaon, near Delhi. His parents have been separated for many years. Shabnam is currently in US with Yuvraj.

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