On Friday, Former Indian hockey player Ashok Diwan, who was stranded in the United States due to imposed travel restrictions, returned to the country. He expressed his excitement arriving back to India, now Diwan says, ‘it feels so good to be back’.
“I am back in India, landed today morning, and undergoing 14 days mandatory quarantine as directed by Govt of India. It feels so good to be back to your home country,” Diwan said in a statement.
Last month, Diwan asked help from the Sports Ministry after he had developed health problems. He was scheduled to fly back to India on April 20th but due to the coronavirus crisis, his flight was cancelled. Diwan was a member of the 1975 World Cup-winning team. Now, he is fine as health-wise.
“During this time of distress, senior player, colleagues hockey lovers, friends, and family kept me motivated and encouraged. I am doing okay health-wise and improving. I am really grateful to you for all your support and help that you have provided through the time of discomfort,” he said.
Diwan thanked to those who helped him to bring him back in the country. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Indian Ambassador in the USA and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, they are the ones who helped him to bring back.
“I am indebted to Batra, Sports Minister, External Affairs Minister, Taranjit Sandhu Ji (Indian Ambassador in the USA), Dinesh Vyas, Indian embassy officials especially Rajesh N. Naik sir (DCG, SFO) and Indian Media for all the help and support,” Diwan added.