Prize money doubled for Senior Nehru Hockey meet

New Delhi: The winners` prize money for the 50th Senior Nehru Hockey Tournament has been doubled to Rs 5 lakh, attracting some of the country`s top teams for the competition that will be held in the capital from November 14 to 25.

Matches will be held at the Shivaji Stadium.

Sixteen teams will be competing in the tournament where the winners prize money will be Rs 5 lakh. Last year the winner got Rs 2.5 lakh, amount the runner-up of this edition will get.

The third runner-up will get richer by Rs 1 lakh while the fourth best team will be awarded Rs 50,000. The prize money has been hiked as it is the golden jubilee for the tournament that started way back in 1964. For the first time in the history of the tournament, there will be live streaming of all the matches.

The 20th Nehru Girls Hockey Tournament will be held form October 8-14. The 31st Nehru Sub-Junior Tournament for Boys will be held from October 18-30, with a total of 29 teams participating in the event. Prize money is 2,18,000.

The Steelbird International 42nd Nehru Junior Hockey Tournament will be organised form October 30-November 14 with a prize money of Rs 1,98,000.

It was also announced during the launch today that an academy will soon be set up here by the Nehru Hockey Society in collaboration with NDMC.

Former India player Harendra Singh will be the chief coach of the academy and he will be assisted by two more coaches.