The stars have found a new cause to rally behind — prominent personalities are showing solidarity with the country’s hockey team, which boycotted a training camp in Pune over non-payment of sponsorship money and match fees. The players, who are preparing for the World Cup at Pune’s Balewadi Complex, on Thursday, decided to “boycott” the camp until their dues are paid and the issue is resolved.
Actress Gul Panag posted on the microblogging site Twitter, “Sad that our hockey team has to constantly fight for its dues — and not just financial.”
Movie baron Pritish Nandy too is upset with the way the players are being treated. “I feel sad for our hockey players. India has won eight Olympic golds and one World Cup in hockey and we now treat them as beggars,” he said.
SRK, too, posted on Twitter, “(I) feel awful for the Indian hockey team. To play for the country...national sport and have to ask for salary. And we complain we don’t win gold.”