Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal
Ipoh: Indian hockey skipper Sardar Singh was hospitalized in Ipoh on Monday ahead of the team’s Asia Cup tour.
Sardar Singh is suffering from high fever and throat infection. Adding to the woes, Indian team is travelling without a team doctor due to which Singh’s medical treatment was delayed.
The 27-year-old was quoted saying in a leading daily that he initially thought it was just a minor problem. "But it became worse and I was hospitalised on Monday with fever," Sardar said.
Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra informed that the team is travelling without a doctor as the army did not release BB Nayak, a regular member of the team’s support staff, for the tournament due to some reasons.
Sardar’s absence means a major blow to the team. India have to win the tournament to qualify for next year`s World Cup. India open their campaign against Oman on August 24.