Bhubaneswar: In a big boost to the morale of men and women’s team, Hockey India has announced a new policy in which players will be assured of cash incentives annually.
Under the new leadership of President Padma Dilip Tirkey and Secretary General Bholanath Singh, Hockey India will give away cash award of Rs 50,000 each for players and Rs25,000 each for support staff for every win the Indian teams register.
The new policy will be a big shot-in-the-arm for players particularly those who come from difficult financial backgrounds. The award will be for the playing members of the squad.
Last week, Hockey India had announced Rs Two lakh each to the players and One lakh each for support staff of the junior men’s team, who won the prestigious 10th Sultan of Johor Cup.
Speaking about the initiative, Tirkey said: “I strongly believe this announcement will boost the morale of the Indian Teams as they prepare for the prestigious World Cup in January and the Asian Games. While every player in the core group is employed, an incentive like this will attract more youngsters to play hockey.”
Reflecting Tirkey’s thoughts, Singh said, “I believe this is a landmark decision taken by Hockey India. It will not only lift the spirit of the Indian teams to vie harder for victories but it will also make young aspiring hockey players believe that hockey can be a financially viable sport. I wish the Indian teams the very best in their endeavours.”