Pakistan team donates 3,500 dollars to ailing hockey Olympian

Published: Monday, November 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan's cricket team has donated 200,000 rupees (3500 US dollars) to help former field hockey Olympic goalkeeper Mohammad Qasim as he struggles with a blood clot, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

"As a gesture of kindness we donate 200,000 rupees for Qasim, who we feel has done great services for the country and we pray that he recovers from his illness," Inzamam said on Sunday.

Qasim, 28, was hit in the chest with a ball during Pakistan's tune-up camp for the European tour in April this year, an injury that doctors did not initially take seriously.

But it developed into a blood clot, which operations in May and September have still not fixed.

Qasim, who played in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was overwhelmed by the cricket team's gesture.

"I am thankful to the Pakistan cricket team and hope the whole nation prays for my recovery," Qasim told AFP from his hometown of Gojra in Punjab Province.

Qasim, who is not wealthy, also appealed to President Pervez Musharraf for help to send him abroad for further medical treatment.

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