Nimbus Sport, the promoter of World Series Hockey, has reportedly
sent legal notices to national players who did not take part
in the event despite signing contracts with the organisers.
Team India's striker Shivendra Singh, who was picked to play
for Bhopal Badshahs, has claimed that he has received a mail
from the organising committee seeking reasons for his absence.
players who were part of the team that qualified for the Olympics
could not take part since they did not want to risk their
international career by participating in the tournament which
is not sanctioned by HI.
the Olympics preparatory camps for the India men's hockey
team had to be postponed Monday as Hockey India, the governing
body of the sport in India, did not receive necessary clearances
from the Union sports ministry and Sports Authority of India.
Madhya Pradesh government said they were ready to bear the entire
cost of our preparation for the Olympics, be it training or
tours.We thank them for the gesture and are seriously considering
shifting the camp to Bhopal if the central government is not
interested in promoting the game," HI secretary Narinder
Batra has been quoted as saying to TOI.
The preparatory camps of the 48 member strong contingent was
expected to take place at the SAI centre in Bangalore,. However,
the venue could not be released for the camp since the government
did not approve the training schedule after the qualifiers.
However, in a major relief to HI, the Madhya Pradesh government
has come forward to help conduct the camp in its capital city
Bhopal and is also ready to bear the entire cost of preparation
for the Olympics.
Batra said he would expect the sports ministry to finalise the
schedule of the camp.
The Indian team had on 26 February qualified for the 2012 London
Olympics following their emphatic win over France in the qualifiers
in New Delhi.