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Why stars missed hockey matches

India is almost out of the race in the Hockey World Cup and the celebs who earned millions endorsing the sport on TV, played exhibition matches and supported the game on Twitter have their excuses for no-show.

entertainment Updated: Mar 06, 2010 01:22 IST

Celebs endorse hockey on TV, Twitter, everywhere ... but fail to show up at the matches.SRK

"I'll be at the matches. Will you?"
Sehwag is mostly in Mumbai because he's busy with IPL
-Latika Khaneja, manager

"I'll travel with the Hockey team"
I'm busy shooting in Hyderabad. But I'll come to Delhi to promote my film
- Anjana Sukhani

"mere saath apni team ko cheer karo"
Priyanka has been in the US for two months, busy shooting
-Natasha Pal, manager

"I'll give my right arm to support hockey"
Suneil is busy with his next film and regrets he can't attend
-Vijay Grover, manager

“SRK is busy with his next film”
-Spokesperson

They were on your TV screens saying 'phir dil do hockey ko'. But when it came to cheering for our team on-field, they were all 'too busy'.

India is almost out of the race in the Hockey World Cup and the celebs who earned millions endorsing the sport on TV, played exhibition matches and supported the game on Twitter all have their excuses for their no-show at all three of India's matches so far.

"Shah Rukh has been busy with preparations for his next film Ra.1," says the star's spokesperson, on why the Chak De star- who tweeted extensively in support of the hockey players last month -did not attend any matches.

"Priyanka has been in the US for two months," says the manager of actress Priyanka Chopra, who appeared in TV ads endorsing hockey.

Cricketer Virender Sehwag, who made the right noises about hockey being our national game and promised to be at every match in an ad, did not attend a single one. "Sehwag is in Mumbai, busy with IPL," says Latika Khaneja, his manager.

Actress Anjana Sukhani, who vowed to travel 'with the hockey team', now says, "I am busy shooting in Hyderabad. But I will come to Delhi to promote my film". Actor Suneil Shetty, the 'brand ambassador' for the sport, has already regretted that he "won't attend the matches as he's busy shooting." Actor Aamir Khan, who was supposed to be a part of a concert for the players is now down with viral.

The only celebs who turned up for the first match when India played Pakistan, were Olympic shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and actress Gul Panag.

The celeb no-show at the Hockey World Cup is a stark contrast to the star-studded IPL matches.