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Batra calls for State support

Batra calls for State support
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Chandigarh: Asserting that future of Indian hockey was bright, FIH president Narinder Batra has said that State governments too should do their bit to ensure that the sport further flourishes in this country.

Chandigarh: Asserting that future of Indian hockey was bright, FIH president Narinder Batra has said that State governments too should do their bit to ensure that the sport further flourishes in this country.

"Hockey or any sport, besides cricket, cannot survive without government support. Sports being a state subject, states also need to get active.

We have couple of states during my period, like governments of Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, they are the ones who support hockey," he said.

"Others do have teams, but I don't see any support coming from these state governments, whether it is infrastructure or whether it is development or whether it is coaching. States also need to get a bit involved.

When we call hockey a de facto national game, I think states also have a little bit of commitment and if they get involved, the pace at which we want hockey to grow will be a bit different," Batra told PTI in Chandigarh on the sidelines of FIH hockey stars awards ceremony.

About the nurseries of hockey, he said, "Nurseries of hockey they are in control, things are moving well, whether it is Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Jharkhand, certain places in Karnataka, then Bhopal and Lucknow have also picked up.

So, hockey is growing, but places like Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and Maharashtra, we are not getting much of development of players from these areas."

He, however, pointed out that future of Indian hockey was bright.
Recently, India had won the junior Hockey World Cup.

"I do see Indian hockey coming up. Development has to start right from the 12-year-old right up to entering the Indian team. Things are moving in right direction, but one needs to build up on that and make sure one carries with that".

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