Union Minister State
(I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel here today
congratulated the Indian Hockey team for their emphatic victory over
Pakistan in the ongoing Hockey World League Semi-Final in London. India
decimated Pakistan 7-1 to continue their winning streak in the league.
Shri Goel hailed the goal scorers Harmanpreet Singh, Talwinder Singh,
Akashdeep Singh and Pradeep More for their splendid performance.
Earlier, India defeated Scotland and Canada.
Shri Vijay Goel said, “For the participation of Indian team in the
Hockey World League, preparation camps were held at Sports Authority of
India (SAI) Southern Centre, Bengaluru and the entire cost was borne by
the Union Sports Ministry. An amount of Rs.1.1crore was also approved by
the Ministry for the squad consisting of 18 players and 7 support staff
members.” Till date approx. Rs.3.20 crores have been spent on foreign
exposure of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team during the year 2017-18.
Shri Vijay Goel also congratulated Shrikanth Kidambi on winning the
Indonesia Open Super Series. Kidambi is now the only Indian man to win
Super Series Premier, Super Series and Grand Prix Gold title in
Badminton. Shri Goel also stated that till date approx. Rs. 3.60 crores
have been spent on the foreign exposure of the Indian badminton team
during the year 2017-18.He said, “We are committed towards development
of every game and our Sports Ministry along with SAI will provide
complete support to all players and support staff”. Goel also reiterated
that the Ministry’s doors are open 24x7 to provide help, support and
best facilities to sportspersons.