Ranchi:India internationals have called on the corporate world and the media to help in reviving hockey's lost glory.
"We know why hockey is lagging behind cricket, because we are unable to deliver. We can give better performance if sponsors give half the attention to hockey compared to cricket," said senior national team member Prabodh Tirkey. "The media also has an important role to play in reviving the game's glorious past," he added.
Prabodh's views were echoed by his brother and India team-mate Ignace Tirkey.
"We are capable of recovering the golden period, but with a little support from all," said Ignace, who on Tuesday married Masira Surin, a member of national women's hockey squad.
Olympian Sylvanus Dung Dung was of the view that the administrators of the national game need to sincerely work towards lifting the game at par with cricket.
"I have seen hockey attracting more crowds than cricket. In a Champions Trophy match against Pakistan the stadium in Karachi was overflowing. Sadly, now it is just the other way round. We have to think and do something," said Dung Dung, who was a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympic gold medal winning team.