Sansarpur's astro-turf dream ignored

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Sansarpur, a tiny village in Punjab, known for its close association with the game of hockey. The village's only dream is to have an Astro turf.

Sansarpur's astro-turf dream ignored

Sansarpur:

Sansarpur, a tiny village in Punjab, known for its close association with the game of hockey has produced more than 100 national level players and about 14 Olympians. With the number of Olympians that have come from Sansarpur, this village in Jalandhar could well have had its own international hockey team. The village's only dream is to have an Astro turf along with other facilities for potential players. However, realizing this dream is proving to be difficult. Authorities over the years have ignored Sansarpur's demand despite its claim of being the nursery of Indian hockey. Despite all odds, the enthusiasm for the game continues, with more than 100 children practicing here everyday. "This is the only ground where the kids can practice, but if the Army asks us to move out then we are helpless," says Harbeant Singh, a former India player. Apparently, the ground belongs to the Army and could very soon be reclaimed. "Players are not facing any problems but the spirit for the game is slowly fading away. And if it rains the conditions become worse," said Sabdeep Singh, a player. Sansarpur has seen players like Colonel Gurmeet Singh, Udham Singh and Ajit Pal Singh, all of whom are natives of this village.

Topics : Hockey
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