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Updated: August 8, 2013 01:06 IST

Indian junior women’s hockey team rewarded

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SHINING STAR: A happy Rani Rampal walks past an applauding Indian men's team captain Sardar Singh after receiving her cash awards on Wednesday. Photo: S. Subramanium
SHINING STAR: A happy Rani Rampal walks past an applauding Indian men's team captain Sardar Singh after receiving her cash awards on Wednesday. Photo: S. Subramanium

The Indian junior women’s hockey team was felicitated by Hockey India here on Wednesday for its third-place finish at the FIH junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

All players and chief coach Neil Hawgood were awarded Rs. 1 lakh each, while other support staff earned Rs. 50,000 individually.

Player-of-the-tournament Rani was given another Rs. 1 lakh for her achievement.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, captain Sushila Chanu said her team was under pressure after losing the semifinal but the players’ self-belief helped them post victory over England in the bronze medal play-off.

Asked to explain her approach to leadership, the 21-year-old said, “I just tell them to be happy and talk positively. This is how I guide them.”

Coach Hawgood claimed that the team’s achievement did not surprise him.

“At every team meeting we told the girls, ‘Pressure changes people, don’t let this change you.’ In the semifinal, we were only 0-1 down till the 58th minute against the best junior team in the world (Netherlands),” said the Australian.

Hawgood chose India’s 4-2 win over Spain in the quarterfinals as the team’s best performance in the tournament. Despite losing the semifinal, the coach believed, the team did not lose its focus which helped the players perform well against England.

“We now have the ability to change structures midway through a game.

“We played a totally different structure against the Netherlands and managed to create chances. After the match, the Dutch high performance manager came to us and said it was one of the best structures he had seen India play in years,” said Hawgood.

Citing the girls’ consistent showing in six matches over nine days, the Australian said the players were fitter than ever.

Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry announced a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to each player.

The coaches got Rs. 25,000 each.

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Its really absurd and meaningless as the prize money declared to the team as they would have fought well in the field to come to this level. And this achievement has come after a very long long gap. Whereas our senior men& women are proving failures after failures as the team selection, coaching and the resulting performance at the field are all deceiving everyone who watches Indian Hockey Teams either women or men at the fields. The teams selections proved to always showing most welcome to Punjabi people who were destroying teams, killing the Indian Gift to the Sporting World and as stabbing back all the nation watching them repeatedly. Partial& one sided selections related to Punjab always proving disasters after disasters. Yet this Junior Team had a fluke luck to come to this level yet they are all felicitable. Hence, the prize money should be increased as they have listed back the Indian Name in the Front lines of Hockey World. Same time Pays& Perks should be increased so that they may enthusiastically come forward to offer their best, when they play for the nation. BCCI ropes in many private sponsors for the welfare of Cricket and they get more. Ministry of Sports& Hockey India should find such valuable partners to promote the "Game of Hockey" more than ever by working more suitably. Getting more successful sponsors and companies will help a lot, yet none is doing. Why the "National Game has turned into National Shame?". Congratulations and hats off to girls& women for their great achievement. Special salutes to them

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