Stranded at the close of US COVID-19. USA, Hockey World Cup winner Ashok Diwan returns home
NEW DELHI: Indian World Cup Winning Hockey Goalie Ashok Diwan , who was trapped in the United States due to the travel ban imposed for containing the spread of coronavirus pandemic, returned to the country on Friday.
His deteriorating health was compounded by trauma, Diwan, 65, made a distress call to the Indian olympic association (IOA) President Narinder Batra last month, asking him to present his statement to the higher authorities.
The Sports Ministry forwarded its request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I returned to Delhi this morning and I am currently going through the mandatory 14-day quarantine period at a hotel in Dwarka. As for health, I had some difficult days and I feel very good about returning to my own country, Diwan said.
The increase in COVID-19 pandemic cases worldwide has forced countries to impose the blockade on their territories.
During this time of distress, older players, colleagues, hockey lovers, and friends kept me motivated. Now I am in good health and improving, Diwan said.
The former winner of the 1975 World Cup thanked Batra, Minister of Spots Kiren Rijiju and the Indian Mission to the United States for their help and cooperation during difficult times.
I am indebted to Mr. Batra, the Honorable Minister of Sports, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Indian Ambassador to Taranjit Sandhu, and the officials of the Indian Embassy and the media for all the help and support, Diwan said.
The love and support I received from my compatriots kept me abroad.
Diwan, a member of the 1976 Olympic team, traveled to Sacramento on December 12 of last year to spend time with his son, who works there.
He was scheduled to return to India on April 20, but was unable to due to travel restrictions.