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Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in Delhi hockey event

Canadian ice hockey player and Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser was invited to practice with young girls who aspire to play the sport.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 24, 2018 14:09 IST ]
Image Source : ANI Canada PM Justin Trudeau with the young children at the hockey event

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who on his current tour of India, participated in a hockey event at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi on Saturday.

Canadian ice hockey player and Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser was invited to practice with young girls who aspire to play the sport.

The Canadian PM attended the event along with his wife Sophie Gregoire where they distributed ice hockey jerseys to the girls.

India Tv - Justin Trudeau posing with the children with the jersey

Image Source : PTIJustin Trudeau posing with the children with the jersey

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Wickenheiser, who has represented Canada at the Winter Olympics on five occasions, capturing four gold and one silver medal, told ANI, "It was a great experience. We saw the best of Canada here at this court to play ice hockey which is symbolic of what our country is."

"We believe in girls and women in playing sports and ice hockey is our number one sport in Canada. Having the Prime Minister care about a group of Indian women from Northern Himalayas is incredible," she added.

India Tv - Trudeau, his wife and children play along

Image Source : PTITrudeau, his wife and children play along

A day ago, India and Canada also signed a Memorandum of Understating (MoU) on cooperation in sport.

Talking about future bilateral cooperation in sports, Wickenheiser said, "We are going to do a lot of exchanges. We are bringing these girls to Canada next year. We are creating a MoU with hockey in India to help them develop ice hockey here and help them grow their winter sports program."

Shiva Keshavan, a six-time Olympian and the first Indian representative to compete in Luge at the Winter Olympic Games, was also present at the event.

Sharing his experience, Keshavan said, " It was an amazing experience. The people here are very passionate. If Canada can push all winter sports [in India] then it would be a great learning experience for our players."

The Canadian Prime Minister's week-long visit to India ends today.

(With ANI Inputs)

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