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IHF unsure about South Asian Games

Indian Hockey Federation said it will abide by the government's decision on whether it was safe to send the team for the South Asian Games in Colombo.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 19:45 IST

The Indian Hockey Federation will abide by the government's decision on whether it was safe to send the team for the South Asian Games in Colombo which was rocked by a powerful explosion in the heart of the capital on Monday.

IHF President KPS Gill, who got the news during the ongoing Independence Cup in Chennai, seemed concerned about the security of the players and said the assessment of the Indian Olympic Association was also important since the Games contingent would have athletes from several other sports.

"We will go with the decision of the Government and the Indian Olympic Association," IHF President KPS Gill said.

Asked whether the hockey federation would ask for more security for its players, Gill said he would share his opinion with the Government.

"We think they will seek our opinion and we will give it to them," he said.

However, sources said IHF was likely to ask for more security for its players.

IHF has decided to send its developmental team for the 10th edition of the South Asian Games.

The preparations of the team are in full swing with the boys undergoing a camp at Ludhiana followed by the current one at Chennai.