New Delhi: The 11th Nehru College championship saw champion teams from 16 colleges across the country participating. Players chosen from among these teams have also been members of the national hockey team and the Nehru Hockey Society has been instrumental in providing players for the national side for the last one decade. However, the Indian Hockey Federation has chosen to ignore their efforts with no help forthcoming on organising tournaments at the college level."A lot of these players are college students and therefore our society felt that there was a vast difference in the junior and senior level. And to bridge that gap this college tournament was started and a number of them have also played in the national team as well,aÂÂ said Shiv Kumar Verma, Secretary, Nehru Hockey Tournament Society.Since hockey matches are not televised as much as they ought to be, players attempting to learn the game at the grass root level find it difficult to develop their skills and rely completely on these college level players to sharpen their game. It is in this respect that the role of these college players comes into prominence."This is a big tournament, so when we go back from here we teach our juniors and likewise when we play with our seniors we take tips from them,aÂÂ said Satish Narayan Singh, Captain, MSKV College, Varanasi.The prize money at this tournament is more than Rs two lakh making it a popular competition at the college level. However, with no assistance from the IHF, Indian hockey is unable to realise the potential of these players.
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