"We express hope that Indian Sports Ministry and IOA will take urgent steps to resolve the issue with IOC so that Indian Sportsperson could take part in the international events under Indian banner," Omar said while addressing the hockey players of various states arrived here for taking part in 61st All India Police Hockey Championship here.
Declaring open 61st All India Police Hockey Championship here late this afternoon, Omar said that players take pride to march at international events under their National Flag.
"They are enthusiastic to represent their country and bring laurels to it," he said and emphasized the need for early resolution of the row between IOA and IOC.
Omar welcomed the J&K Police Department for holding the All India Police Hockey Championship here and said that during past some years J&K State has been able to organize about a dozen national sports events in the State which is highly encouraging sign for the development of sports and showcasing conducive conditions prevailing in the State for organizing such events more often. (MORE)