Sports Ministry sanctions Rs 10 lakh for ailing Olympian MP Singh’s treatment

Former Indian hockey team coach Mohinder Pal Singh has been undergoing treatment for chronic kidney ailment.

File Photo: Mohinder Pal Singh (Right) represented Indian hockey team in the 1988 Olympics.   -  The Hindu Archives

The Sports Ministry on Monday disbursed Rs 10 lakh for the treatment of hockey Olympian Mohinder Pal Singh, who is suffering from a chronic kidney ailment and is currently on dialysis.

The money, sanctioned under the Pandit Deendayal Upadhaya National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons, was given to his wife Shivjeet Singh.

Speaking about the decision to extend financial support to Singh, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “MP Singh ji has contributed richly to hockey both as a player and a coach. His physical condition is a matter of great concern for all of us.

“Kidney treatment is an expensive treatment and we wanted to extend as much financial support as we could.

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“I have also spoken to Mahesh Sharma ji, who is the Member of Parliament of Noida where MP Singh ji lives and a letter has also been sent from his office to PM Relief Fund so that the hospital bills can be paid through the fund.”

Recently, the Sports Minister met Shivjeet Singh and several other veteran hockey players to assure them of assistance from the Ministry.

MP Singh, who also served as the coach of the Indian hockey team, was an outstanding player who represented the country at various international events, including the 1988 Summer Olympics.

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