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Ashok Diwan to receive medical attention in San Francisco

NEW DELHI: Sports minister Kiren Rijiju has assured all imaginable help to hockey Olympian and member of the 1975 World Cup successful workforce, Ashok Diwan, who is currently stranded in the United States due to go back and forth restrictions in position amid world COVID-19 pandemic.

Rijiju's place of job on Thursday night said the Indian Embassy in San Francisco has been contacted and they are sending a physician to attend to Diwan who is currently coping with health problems.

"Hockey Olympian Ashok Diwan is stranded in the US and is unwell. He 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 on 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 said that he's affected by high blood pressure among different diseases and he had to attend clinic in emergency last week in California.

Diwan said that he was meant to fly again to India on April 20, but due to the continued situation his go back and forth dates were driven.

"I am not feeling well these days, moreover I don't have any insurance here. As you know the medical costs are very high here," he wrote.

"I request a favour to ahead this message to the Sports Minister and the External Minister for helping me here via instructing Indian Embassy at San Francisco to help me with a clinic for my check-up or if they are able to arrange earlier departure from San Francisco to India.

"Sir, kindly treat this urgent as I'm actually in bad health here," Diwan, who was one of the most first three Dhyan Chand awardees, added.

He additionally promised to pay all the expenses after returning to India.

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