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Indian hockey champs return to warm welcome

September 13, 2011 12:37 IST

The victorious Indian hockey team came home to a rousing welcome on arrival at the Delhi airport, in the wee hours of Tuesday, after clinching the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos, China.

Even though the crowd gathered at the Indira Gandhi International Airport was not huge but it did enough to give the champion team a warm welcome.

The fans who gathered at the airport were seen dancing to the beats of drums.

Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra along with some other officials personally received the team at the airport as it reached here by China Airlines flight CA 947 at 1.40 am (IST).

To the delight of the players, there was a huge media contingent present at the airport.

Hockey India will host a dinner at hotel in New Delhi on Tuesday to felicitate the players for their outstanding performance in the Asian Champions Trophy, where they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 in the tie-breaker to clinch the title.

The title also assumes great significance for coach, Michael Nobbs as the Asian Champions Trophy was his first assignment with the Indian team.

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