Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh sports department Monday said it will not allow cheerleaders at World Series Hockey (WSH) matches to be held here as it is "against the state`s culture".
"I categorically made it clear to organisers that there would be nothing else other than matches inside the stadium. There won`t be any cheerleaders because that concept is against our culture," said sports department director Shailendra Srivastava.
The World Series Hockey as been organised for the first time for hockey and is based on the concept of the English Premier League in football and Indian Premier League in cricket. Hockey players from across India and world are playing for eight teams in the tournament that began Feb 29.
Bhopal`s Aishbagh Stadium will be hosting eight league matches from March 9.