The game taught me dis­ci­pline

Sportstar - - 40 SUPERSTARS -

Hockey taught me ev­ery­thing, the first and fore­most les­son was dis­ci­pline. I remember my school coach, Mar­cel­lus Gomes, also a hockey Olympian, did not al­low me to join the train­ing be­cause I was late for school prac­tice. It started at 6.30 a.m. in the morn­ing. That day he taught me about the im­por­tance of be­ing on time and dis­ci­pline. Since then I have never been late for any meet­ing.

Team­work is an­other les­son from hockey, I love team sports and the beauty of work­ing for a team.

The cred­i­bil­ity and rep­u­ta­tion I have to­day is only be­cause of hockey. Geet Sethi, Prakash Padukone, Viswanathan Anand and my­self are on the board of Olympic Gold Quest and we try to en­sure the next gen­er­a­tion of ath­letes do not face the same trou­bles which we faced in our times.

For me, Sport­star is the first mag­a­zine I read as a kid. It cost Rs. 7 then, me and my brother pooled in pocket money to buy the mag­a­zine. I was born in 19■0 and I remember Italia 90 (FIFA World Cup) and be­ing a huge foot­ball fan, I used to col­lect the posters of star play­ers.… Maradona, Matthaeus, Klins­mann.

2001 Ju­nior World Cup win­ner

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