Sports Minister justifies insult; shifts blame to Hockey India

Updated: Sep 14, 2011, 12:36 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken shifted the blame to Hockey India after the national team’s refusal to accept the miniscule reward for their exploits.

He clarified via social micro blogging site Twitter that the decision to give Rs 25,000 to players was not from the government’s end but it was through Hockey India.

“Rd 25000 cash award was not announced by Govt but by the Hockey India. Govt. spends all the money on training, coaching & foreign exposure,” Maken wrote on his Twitter page.

Hockey India shrugged the issue saying that it had no money to give to the players and the amount offered was the best that they could cough up.

Meanwhile, the entire sports fraternity, including former Olympians and players have vehemently spoken against the ‘insult’ to the hockey team.