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Asian Hockey champions rejects cash reward

New Delhi, Sept 14 (): Indian Hockey team that defeated Pakistan to become Asian Champions rejected the cash reward of Rs 25000 offered by Secretary General Narinder Batra . The team was felicitated at Major Dhyan Chand stadium where this magnanimous offer was made. Team members felt that it was too meager for their achievement.

Sore with the step motherly treatment meted out to hockey by the sports authorities many players said that such attitude was the reason why youngsters were not keen to take up this sport. Hockey which is listed as national sport has been sidelined by more lucrative sports like Cricket and Tennis. These games get good sponsors and in turn good media coverage. Team members say they are not shocked since all along they are used to this step motherly treatment.

From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men’s team remained unbeaten in the Olympics, garnering six gold medals in a row. The Indian team has won a total of eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympics. On June 27, 2009, India became the first winner of the women’s Champions Challenge II in hockey history after they defeated Belgium 6-3 in the final in Kazan, Russia.

The FIH’s decision to shift December’s Champions Trophy out of the country to New Zealand is due to ongoing power struggle between Hockey India and IHF.”It’s impossible for India to get back the hosting rights of Champions Trophy. New Zealand will host it and it is our final decision,” FIH president Leandro Negre said.

“India is important to us but FIH is committed towards having only one national federation in our member nations as per our constitution and IOC charter,” he said