Hockey is not my business: Dravid

Published: Friday, May 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Indian cricket vice-captain Rahul Dravid on Friday said the controversy surrounding the omission of mercurial striker Dhanraj Pillay from a pool of 30 Olympic hopefuls is not his business.

"That (hockey) is not my speciality. I am not going to get into that. If the hockey team does well, then they can win a medal in Olympics," Dravid said in New Delhi on Friday.

"I am not going to comment who should be selected or who should not. I am not in their selection committee. I don't know much about hockey."

Dravid's comments come in the backdrop of overwhelming support to the hockey star, who has been sidelined by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on the ground that the 35-year-old mercurial striker was not fit enough to play in the megaevent.

Surprisingly, Dravid had rooted for Pillay only a few days back in the capital and said the federation should promote players like Pillay because the game needs rolemodels.

Besides several Olympians, Dravid's teammate Anil Kumble has also come forward in Pillay's defence.

"It's surprising that someone like him is made to undergo the kind of ritual with the Association (IHF)," Kumble said at a function in Chennai on Friday, expressing solidarity with the hockey star.

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