Ashok Diwan, a member of India's triumphant Hockey World Cup team of 1975, is stuck in USA and is struggling with health issues.
A Journalist working for The Hindu has tweeted about the same and tagged India's minister for Sports Kiren Rijiju, Sports Authority of India and India's Railway Minister asking for immediate help.
Member of India's lone hockey WC triumph Ashok Diwan has been struggling with health issues in California, US, struck because of total travel ban. It has even forced him to seek emergency medication there. @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI @RailMinIndia pls help
— #indianfirst ?? (@uthraGC) April 9, 2020
He has reached out to the president of Indian Olympic Association, Narinder Batra. He has pleaded, “I need your help as you know I am stuck in USA and have developed some health problems. Being a high blood pressure (patient) I had to attend hospital in emergency last week in California.”
Originally scheduled to fly back to Delhi on April 20 by Air India, Diwan has been stranded due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“My travel dates have been pushed (further). I am not feeling well these days and doesn’t have any (medical) insurance here. As you know the medical costs are very high here,” wrote Diwan.
The former goalkeeper added, “I request Union Sports Minister (Kiran Rijiju) and Union External Minister (S. Jaishankar) to instruct the Indian Embassy at San Francisco to help me with a hospital for my checkup or if they can arrange earlier departure from San Francisco to India. I will pay the bills when I come back in India.”
Diwan concluded with a fervent appeal, “Treat this as urgent as I am really in bad health here.”