Hockey World Cup winner Ashok Diwan stranded in the US USA, Seeks Indian Government Help to Return

NEW DELHI: stranded in the US USA Due to travel restrictions, hockey Olympian and member of the 1975 World Cup winning team, Ashok Diwan He desperately needs help from the government to return to India.

His deteriorating health adds to the trauma, Diwan, 65, appealed to the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA ) President Narinder Batra , requesting him to take his statement to the higher authorities.

I need your help, since I am trapped in the United States and have developed some health problems. I had to go to the hospital in an emergency last week in California. I don't feel well these days, plus I don't have insurance here. Medical costs are very high here, Diwan wrote to Batra, who also heads the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Originally, Air India was due to fly back on April 20, but due to the ongoing epidemic situation, my travel dates were delayed.

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I request a favor for forwarding this message to the Honorable Minister of Sports and the Minister of External Affairs for helping me with a hospital for my check-up or if they can organize an earlier departure from San Francisco to India, he added.

The hero of the 1975 World Cup winning team also promised to pay all the bills after returning to India.

Kindly treat this urgently as I really am in poor health here, he said.

Diwan, a member of the 1976 Olympic team, traveled to Sacremento in December last year to spend time with his son, who works there. But the peak in COVID-19 The worldwide pandemic led to strict travel restrictions.

My father went to the USA. USA In December and was scheduled to return on April 20. He went only to meet my brother, who is working there. But suddenly he got sick and had to run to an emergency facility there after complaining of high blood. pressure and anxiety, said Diwan's daughter Arushi.

Through medical tests conducted there, it came to light that he has heart problem. The system is different is the US and right now it is very strict because of the (COVID-19) situation there. The doctor gave him a month's medicine but it is not helping.

Also, you forgot to get your health insurance this time. The checkup cost him roughly $ 700, so you can imagine how expensive medical treatment is in the United States. Now he is eager and desperate to get home as soon as possible, she said.

Diwan's wife Sunita and daughter Arushi made no secret of their anxiety and helplessness.

We feel really helpless. My brother is alone with dad there, but the situation is critical in the United States, much worse than India. So we decided to approach Batra's uncle (Narinder). I hope the government steps in and helps us. Arushi said.

The United States, where the pandemic is rapidly spreading, has recorded massive numbers of positive cases and deaths compared to India.