Don't Expect Asian Games Medals After Government Apathy, Says Hockey India Secretary General Narinder Batra

Narinder Batra slammed the government for their 'shoddy treatment' towards the national sport and stressed on the lack of funds ahead of the Asian Games.

updated: September 04, 2014 18:54 IST
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India hockey team pose on arriving in India after a successful Commonwealth Games outing.


Hockey India (HI) secretary general Narinder Batra said on Thursday, the country should not expect a medal from the national teams in the upcoming Asian Games in the wake of government's "shoddy treatment" of the national sport. (India field unchanged squad from CWG for Asian Games)

"People should not expect much out of both and men's and women's team in the current scenario. The government has completely turned its back on the sport, especially in the last three months," Batra told PTI claiming lack of adequate funds have hurt the teams' preparations. (Ritu Rani named captain of Asian Games-bound women's hockey team)

"If at all the players are able to make an impact, the credit will only go to them. But I am not very hopeful. The women's team were forced to train on worn out turfs and to top it all the camp of the junior teams have not been sanctioned. You can't expect much in a scenario like this," Batra fumed.

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