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Indian Hockey is a rapidly fading light

‘If the games are played in a stadium called Indian desert, then surely the game of cricket can be compared to an oasis and the game of hockey can be compared to a mere mirage’
The above quoted lines clearly reflect the sorry state of Indian Hockey. The Indian Hockey team which won the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos, China was rewarded a paltry amount of Rs 25,000 each by Hockey India Federation. Obviously, this is not the way to treat the heroic ambassadors of the Indian National game. Regardless of winning or losing games, the Indian cricketers, with the strong backing of BCCI, make a huge fortune. These days, cricket is becoming more like a business than to be a game; such a lucrative business is obviously going to spoil the spirit of the game. However, when it comes to Indian Hockey, it is a totally different story for the hockey players are paid peanuts for their world class performances. The Sports ministry and the Indian Hockey Federation have forgotten the fact that if you pay peanuts, you will get only monkeys. Let it be any game in India like hockey or basketball or badminton or tennis or football (excluding cricket for it has got nothing to lose, at least in India), a strong national team can’t be build without proper funding. The Indian Hockey Federation is expecting the players to play with the strength of their bones and how will that ever be possible. Sometimes a bold statement has to be made for the good of all – ‘If cricket loses its almost religion-like status in India, then the other games are bound to flourish’. But will it happen? Let’s wait and see……….


6 responses

  1. amol

    its really true about giving such rewards to such gifted people who really dont deserve such a gift….when abhinav bindra won a gold medal for the olympics he was given huge amount of cash rewards by many governments and other indian high authority officials…..it was a huge gift to the young aspiring shooter abhinav bindra…..gifted people should deserve musch better than the others…..

    September 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  2. vignesh

    ya ur views r right…now-a-days the players of cricket do not play their matches 4 runs/wickets they play it 4 money;i’m saying tis because in the IPL matches each an every players wer getting money for each-an-every runs/wickets 4m their bookies as bets…tis is not 1ly to make the players to play but to earn a large amount of money 4m the opposite bookies…and these things make a big issue 4 the indian economy,Because all bookies play their bets through their black money…. how-ever the players who won the asian cup of our national game hockey must be treated like the cricket players….because the hockey players who won the asian cup are proudly said to be the children of our nation as they got victory in their national game…..

    September 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

  3. hey man, good views, and pretty much have been said on the issue, as you may have read online, the magazines and the papers. However, like any sports as it is in business, demand and supply concept rules. If no Indian is interested in watching the sport no sponsors are gonna come in coz after all, sad as it may be, games are also businesses, and if no one sees any money making potential no one is gonna invest in it, be it in proper stadiums, well paid players or teams. What i’m trying to say is that we can blame the government (like we most of the time do) and get nothing out of it or maybe a small jump from 25,000 to about a lakh or we could actually blame each and everyone of us for not learning the sport (i doubt if 10% of us indians knows even how the game is played) and taking interest in it, not give a rats ass of where our team is except when they are out in the news and feeling sorry for them. And most importantly if we want them to Bling up then i guess we’ve got to somehow start stop watching cricket and more of hockey and the other sports or ask for more glamorizing of the game.

    September 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  4. Why blame others when the HOCKEY ADMINISTRATION is in doldrums. They need to set their house in order first. In CRICKET the fight is for money, but here it is happening for ego. Further it is not offering an instant thrill like the Television ready made game – CRICKET. You have no chance to insert advertisements during bowling changes.
    To bring advertisements, two halved Basket ball match was converted into four quartered match last decade. We need to think of marketing too in such angles.

    September 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

  5. i do agree with you.They wont give the proper respect and gift who are need

    October 13, 2011 at 7:17 am

  6. I feel cricket has started loosing its luster and domination. we saw enough of cricket in world cup and IPL matches and now its time for a change. gone are the days when Hitler was amazed by the attacking Indian hockey players and now we ourselves started insulting our players. A remarkable victory is also not making big difference. May be we lack dedicated and committed people in this sport.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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