Sonia, Rahul cheer for Indian hockey team

Sunday, October 10, 2010

NEW DELHI - Taking a break from their political engagements, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi Sunday cheered the Indian hockey team as it defeated arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 at the Commonwealth Games.

Dressed in a green salwar khameez, Sonia Gandhi was seated with her son in the stand for the general public at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The mother-son duo entered the stadium minutes after the start of the match and watched the over one hour-long encounter.

Surrounded by security personnel, the Gandhis cheered and clapped each time India scored a goal. In the final moments, both stood up every time the ball came to the side of the ground where they were seated.

In between, Rahul Gandhi was seen explaining to his mother about the match as he pointed towards the field.

Sonia Gandhi even chatted with a woman seated next to her and both of them regularly waved at the crowd around them as the people took their photographs.

Rahul Gandhi, dressed in an orange half-sleeved shirt and black trousers, took a picture of Games mascot Shera with his cellphone camera.

Rahul Gandhi had, earlier in the day, visited the Talkatora Stadium and the Indira Gandhi Stadium to watch the boxing and wrestling matches.

Filed under: Boxing, Commonwealth Games, Hockey

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