Ashok Diwan to receive immediate medical attention in San Francisco

NEW DELHI: Minister of Sports Kiren Rijiju has secured all possible assistance to the Olympic hockey player and member of the 1975 World Cup winning team, Ashok Diwan , which is currently stranded in the US USA due to travel restrictions in the midst of the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Rijiju's office on Thursday night said that the Indian embassy in San Francisco he has been contacted and a doctor is being sent to attend to Diwan who is currently dealing with health problems.

Hockey Olympian Ashok Diwan is stranded in the US and is unwell. I have reached out to Kiren Rijiju through IOA . The Indian embassy in San Francisco has been contacted, they're sending a doctor to attend to Mr. Diwan to ensure he receives immediate medical attention."

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Diwan, who represented India at the 1976 Summer Olympics, had written a letter to Narinder Batra , President of the Indian olympic association (IOA), asking him for help.

In his letter, the 65-year-old man stated that he suffers from high blood pressure and other health problems. And then he was taken to a hospital emergency room last week in California.

Diwan said he was supposed to fly back to India on April 20, but due to the current situation, his travel dates have been delayed.

I don't feel well these days, plus I don't have any insurance here. As you know, medical costs are very high here, he wrote.

"I request a favour to forward this message to the Sports Minister and the External Minister for helping me here by instructing Indian embassy at San Francisco to help me with a hospital for my check-up or if they can arrange earlier departure from San Francisco to India.

Sir, treat this urgently as I am really in poor health here, Diwan, who was one of the first three Dhyan Chand winners added.

He also promised to pay all the bills after returning to India.