Hyderabad:President of the superseded Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) K.P.S. Gill said Friday that corporate sponsorship in cricket is detrimental for the growth of other sports in the country.
Gill, who is also the vice-president of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF), said he was pained to see the dangerous trends set by cricket sponsors and the only way out for a game like hockey is to get government patronage.
"It is very easy to say that hockey is our national game, but we are doing nothing for it. The government has some responsibility. In China and Cuba all the sports programmes are totally financed by the government. In India, all the corporate money is going to cricket, which is dangerous, as other sports too should get a piece of the cake," Gill told IANS in an interview.
It is also alleged that Gill tried to create obstacles in the working of the ad hoc committee, but he he refuted the charge and stated that he is not at war with the (IOA). "If there are any issues they could be settled through a dialogue."
Gill, who came here to attend the meeting of the AHF as its vice-president, said the IHF had certain role in mind for Australian Ric Charlesworth, but it was unfortunate that the IOA did not consult him on the issue.
He was also happy his proposal to have an Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) was accepted.
"We discussed a lot of issues at the AHF council meeting. I suggested the holding of the Asian Champions Trophy. Let's see how it goes," Gill said.
The top four teams of the Asia Cup will participate in the ACT from a field of 12.