Pune: Indian hockey plunged into a fresh crisis on Friday with revolting hockey players deciding to boycott the ongoing World Cup preparatory camp here for an indefinite period in protest against non-payment of their dues.
The players took the unprecedented step to stay away from the camp after Hockey India, the interim body which is governing the game in the country, failed to respond to two of their letters asking the authorities to make the payments.
“We have decided to boycott the camp indefinitely till we are paid our money. We took such a decision in a meeting of players last night”, captain Rajpal Singh told PTI.
“Earlier we used to be paid after every tournament but it is not the case now. We had reminded the HI officials a few times, but nothing has been done. We will now report to the camp only after we are paid”, Rajpal said.
The players’ revolt comes barely a month before the hockey World Cup in New Delhi and is bound to have a bearing on the preparations for the high-profile event scheduled from 28 February to 13 March.
The senior players were annoyed by the delay in payment and had written a letter to Hockey India president A K Mattoo demanding that money be paid within seven days.
The letter had no mention about the pullout but sources said that the players had actually made up their mind to withdraw from the camp if the payment was not made in a week’s time.