India’s hockey camp in Bangalore doubtful

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry of India have jolted Team India’s practice ahead of the London Olympics as the governing body Hockey India (HI) is still waiting for the approval of the training camp which is scheduled to start from Monday at SAI centre, Bangalore.

The Sports Ministry was informed about the camp in November last year and they have failed to give their permission till now.

Hockey India says that they have continuously informed the ministry through letters but have not got any response from the ministry.

There are chances that the ongoing World Series Hockey (WSH) might be the reason for the government not approving the camp. WSH is backed by Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) which is backed by the government of India.

The players who are in the probables’ list have already announced that they will not play in the WSH. It is to be noted that the WSH is being termed as the ‘rebel league’ as HI does not approve the league.

The Sports Ministry on the other hand supports the WSH. This tussle between the government bodies might prove costly for the Indian hockey team as they need all the resources to stand any chance to compete against the world’s best team in the London Olympics.