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Win hockey WC, get Rs 1 crore

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 14:59 IST
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Indian hockey team's world cup campaign received a huge boost with the announcement that it will get Rs one crore for winning the coveted title.

The 12-nation World Cup is to be played at Monchangladbach, Germany from September 6 to 17.

Premier Hockey League (PHL), ESPN STAR sports and Leisure Sports Managment (LSM) on Friday promised this incentive bonanza with the hope that "India Hockey team will be able to bring glory to the country."

Talking to the newspersons, LSM managing director SS Dasgupta said, the India team will be richer by Rs 50-lakh if they finish runners up and Rs 25-lakh in case they are placed third.

PHL further added that it will sponsor a video analyst for a period of one year to help the India team in their international campaign.

The PHL will also take care of medical rehabilitation cost of the injured drag flicker Sandeep Singh.

India Hockey Federation (IHF) chief KPS Gill, who also addressed the media persons, expressed confidence of National team performing well in the World Cup.

"I think the first match (against Germany) will be the indicator of the shape of things to come (in the World Cup)," he said.

He agreed that absence of Sandeep Singh will be felt but added "I think the boys have put behind this incident (Sandeep's injury) and are more focused. In any case hockey is a team game and every body has to contribute."

IHF secretary Jyothikumaran, who was also present on the occassion, indicated that Bangalore based drag flicker Ragunath will be the replacement for Sandeep Singh.

"Tomorrow the team managment will decide about the replacement after a friendly match against Japan in Monchangladbach," he said.

"Ragunath reached there (Germany) only yesterday after taking part in SAF Games, he will be playing against Japan and after that coaches will decide," he added.

IHF has sent three players Jugraj Singh, Bikramjeet and Ragunath with the team to Germany and one of them will be picked up for the final squad.

Jyothikumaran was of the view that if India wins the first match (in the World Cup) then "We have a reasonably good chance of making it to the semis."

"We are in a tough group and all the matches are going to be hard fought. I don't think we can underestimate any team. World Cup is a different ball game."

He said the annoucement of the Rs one crore prize money has been well received by the players and the coaches.

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