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Pillay calls for young blood

August 29, 2003 15:30 IST

India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay advocates infusing young blood into the team.

Pillay, who met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the secretariat on Friday morning, dreams of opening a hockey academy in Chennai. "I had talked about this with the Chief Minister. I hope she will help me to realise this," said the veteran.

"It is basically a courtesy call. Because of her efforts, hockey is still alive in Tamil Nadu. She has been showing interest in all sports."

Pillay declined to talk about India's 7-4 win over Pakistan in the league match of the just concluded Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, where India finished fourth.

"It is a different platform. I would not like to discuss the Champions Trophy now."

However on the loss against their arch-rivals in the bronze medal play-off, the Indian captain said "winning and losing is part of the game."

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