Bhopal: The national hockey championship is being played in this Madhya Pradesh capital but there is no team to represent the state, thanks to the warring factions in the state association. Only a bunch of trainees from an academy are making a token appearance. The sport is in ruins, bemoan old-timers.
Bhopal was once a nursery of Indian hockey, producing a pleasing brand of classical players, and today it is the hub of three warring factions denying the state a place in the national championship.
The old-timers watching the nationals here are saddened that the state which has given the country some of the finest Olympians is witnessing the spectacle of infighting among administrators who "are out to destroy the sport".