Hockey India League has potential to change face of hockey: Akshay Kumar

PTI Posted: Jan 23, 2013 at 1142 hrs
New Delhi Bollywood star Akshay Kumar has become the latest celebrity to back the ongoing Hockey India League, saying that the event has the potential to change the face of the sport.

\"I am a sportsperson by heart and it is good to see world

class hockey action across cities in the country. I have seen

some of the matches and loved what I saw,\" Akshay said.

\"The quality of action is amazing as you see the best of

players in the world showcase their talent on the turf. Day

before yesterday\'s match between Mumbai Magicians and Delhi

Waveriders was a blockbuster with two evenly balanced teams

scoring as many as 10 goals between them.

\"This is exactly the kind of hockey which will attract

the youth of today. This league has the potential to change

the face of hockey in the country. I will follow as many

matches as I can and I think we have here a recipe for a very

successful property for years to come,\" he added.

Former Indian player, Viren Rasquinha, said Akshay\'s

support will increase HIL\'s popularity. \"It is good that main stream Bollywood stars are coming to support Hockey India league. This will broad base the support of hockey in the country.\"Hockey stalwart Deepak Thakur, added, \"Hockey and

Bollywood has old connection. Most famous Bollywood stars have always supported the game and it is good to see Akshay coming forward and expressing himself openly for the league.\"