Despite a raging debate on World Series Hockey's impact on the Indian team's campaign to clinch its ticket for London Olympics, Sports minister Ajay Maken on Thursday claimed the government would not intervene and prevent national team members from playing in an unsanctioned event that ends barely three weeks before the qualifiers.
Hockey India, the national federation affiliated to the international body, is not in favour of national team players taking part in the multi-million dollar franchise-based league to be sponsored by Indian Hockey Federation and Nimbus Sports. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) too does not support such a situation.
However, Maken on Thursday sought to steer clear of the controversy, saying that the government would not join issue in this case.
"Whether the national players play in the World Series Hockey will have to be decided by federation, selection committee, coach and players themselves. We cannot interfere in this matter," Maken said.
The minister seems have ignored the fact that majority of the players are employed with PSUs and it is government's business to see whether rules allow its employees to get involved in private, unsanctioned enterprises for monetary gains.