Punjab govt's decision irks hockey players

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Just a fortnight for the Olympic qualifiers to start, and the Indian Hockey team are giving final touches to their preparations.

Punjab govt's decision irks hockey players

Chandigarh, New Delhi:

It has been the norm that if one excels at a sport, job opportunities come knocking at your doorstep. And if you are already employed, your performance is guaranteed to make you succeed. But that is not what happened to members of the Punjab Police hockey team.Just a fortnight for the Olympic qualifiers to start, and the Indian Hockey team are giving final touches to their preparations.But many players are still pre-occupied with the Punjab government's decision of revoking out of turn promotions in compliance with a Punjab and Haryana high court directive."We felt bad because we played for our country and our promotions have been revoked. We have also got a notice," said Tejbir Singh, Member, Indian Hockey Team.The decision is not only affecting the morale of the players but also forcing them to think about alternative job opportunities. "ONGC and Indian Oil are offering new jobs, we are waiting and later we might join them," said Kanwalpreet Singh, Member, Indian Hockey Team.While the players are in a dilemma they are not willing to jump to any conclusions yet. The state cabinet had, last year, made an amendment to the Punjab police service rules to offer reappointments to sportsmen at different levels."We needed to abide by the HC orders but we will give these players direct recruitment when they are revoked and many of them will be better off," said D R Bhatti, DGP, Punjab Armed Forces.The players on the other hand think the promotions offered to them are a token of appreciation for their good performance and taking them away will affect their performance in the future.



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