The Telegraph
Monday , February 17 , 2014
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A proud moment for India: Sushil

New Delhi: With the Indian Olympic Association back in the Olympic fold, the Tricolour was hoisted at Sochi on Sunday, finally allowing the three Indian athletes at the Winter Olympics to be able to carry the national flag.

In New Delhi, their fellow sportspersons voiced relief and support to be able to be part of the Olympic movement again.

Double Olympic medal winner, Sushil Kumar, said: “I am truly relieved that the Indian flag has finally been hoisted at the Sochi Olympics. I am sure every Indian citizen would share my feelings. It’s a proud moment for the country.

“I am sure it had a negative effect on their performance. I carried the Tricolour at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. It was the proudest moment of my career.”

Former hockey Olympian Ashok Kumar said: “The Olympics is all about the national flag and national prestige. That had always been uppermost in my mind.

“I remember my father, Dhyan Chand, had told me how unhappy he felt even after winning the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.”