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Thatscricket - News - Indo-Pak meet may discuss cricket: Uma

Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2001, 19:33 [IST]
 
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Lucknow: Union Minister of Sports Uma Bharthi said she is not averse to Indo-Pak cricket series and the issue is likely to be included in Vajpayee-Musharraf summit talks in Agra later this month.Addressing a press conference, she, however, made it clear that if Pakistan wanted cricket series with India, it would have to compromise on hockey. The Champions Trophy in Pakistan was coinciding with the Afro-Asian games in India and Pakistan was intending to send its 'B' team here.Ms Bharthi said Pakistan would have to be told to shift the dates of Champion Trophy to suit the Afro-Asian games, a prestigious event for the country. We would have no reservations about holding Indo-Pak cricket series but hockey must not/not be ignored.She said that her ministry had already sent its views to External Affairs Ministry in this regard. In a reply, she said the External Affairs Ministry had asked the Sports Ministry to send its views ahead of the summit.The Union Sports Minister pleaded ignorance about a report in a section of press that over two hundred Indian Olympic athletes had tested positive in the dope test. ''I have no idea about the report or any such findings,'' she said. UNI

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