Former India hockey skipper Sandeep Singh has requested sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to build a world-class rehabilitation centre for non-cricketing sportspersons. India's highest goal-scorer in hockey has also urged the government to take a cue from the BCCI on this matter.
Sandeep, while travelling in the Delhi-Kalka Shatabdi Express in 2006 to join the national squad for the FIH World Cup in Germany, was accidentally shot and that left him almost paralysed for close to two years. Although the accident resulted in fractures in his rib and spine apart from causing damage to his kidneys and liver, he made a stunning comeback to the national side and also led the side in 2009. The rehab process, in Mohali, helped him big-time in making a comeback to the turf and understanding that, he urged at the central ministry to make a world-class rehab centre for sportspersons.
"I just wish no athlete should encounter what I went through in my life. I have seen it all," Sandeep told PTI.
"I just want our government to make a world-class rehab centre in the country for sportspersons' recovery. I would request the sports minister personally to address the issue because he himself being a sportsperson would understand their hardships."
Sandeep, whose journey on the turf is going to be recorded through a Bollywood biopic named "Soorma" starred by popular Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh in the lead role alongside Tapsee Pannu, also asked the government to take a cue from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on this matter.
"The government is supporting the injured athletes for their recovery in every aspect but I feel if we have a world-class rehab facility in India, then there is no need to go abroad.
"The government is spending so much on sports and I want the government to just set an example in this regard. We should take the example from BCCI who has a world-class rehab facility in NCA in Bangalore," the drag flick specialist said.