Don't Expect Asian Games Medals After Government Apathy, Says Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra

Narinder Batra slammed the government for their 'shoddy treatment' towards the national sport and stressed on the lack of funds ahead of the Asian Games.

Updated: September 04, 2014 18:54 IST
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India hockey team pose on arriving in India after a successful Commonwealth Games outing.


Hockey India (HI) secretary general Narinder Batra said on Thursday, the country should not expect a medal from the national teams in the upcoming Asian Games in the wake of government's "shoddy treatment" of the national sport. (India field unchanged squad from CWG for Asian Games)

"People should not expect much out of both and men's and women's team in the current scenario. The government has completely turned its back on the sport, especially in the last three months," Batra told PTI claiming lack of adequate funds have hurt the teams' preparations. (Ritu Rani named captain of Asian Games-bound women's hockey team)

"If at all the players are able to make an impact, the credit will only go to them. But I am not very hopeful. The women's team were forced to train on worn out turfs and to top it all the camp of the junior teams have not been sanctioned. You can't expect much in a scenario like this," Batra fumed.

Batra is claiming lack of funds at a time when Sports Authority of India, the government's nodal agency, has released Rs 11.27 crores to HI, an amount more than the sport's annual allocated budget of Rs.10.50 crore.

Indian men bagged a bronze in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou while the women's team returned empty handed. Talking about the third edition of the Hockey India League, Batra maintained that he has not been intimated about the pull out of Dabur-owned Mumbai franchise, adding the 2015 edition of league will see two more teams than the present six.

"We have already signed a contract with two franchisees. The announcement of where they want to field their teams from will be made in the next two weeks. We have requested the investors to have a South India a base as we already have teams in the other regions of the country." HIL aims to have 10 teams by 2018.

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