An report in the ToI:
Kalmadi announces Rs 1 lakh each for players, support staff
NEW DELHI: The Indian players and the support staff would be rewarded with Rs one lakh each for the superb 4-1 win over Pakistan in their hockey World Cup opening match, Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi announced on Sunday.
A delighted Kalmadi patted the players and coach Jose Brasa for the thrilling win against Pakistan.
“The players played really well. It is a great start in the tournament. What (former coach) Ric Charlesworth could not not do Brasa has done. Full credit to Brasa and the players. They will be given Rs 1 lakh each,” Kalmadi said after the match.
Meanwhile, Sahara India Pariwar also announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh for every player, coach and assistant coach of the Indian hockey team.
“The way Indian hockey players have played is fantastic. Sahara India Pariwar chairman Subrata Roy had earlier promised that if the Indian team come out with good performance in the World Cup, he will reward the players,” Abhijit Sarkar, chief corporate communication officer of Sahara, said.
“We are very proud that India has won their opening match against Pakistan in a grand and convincing manner. Sahara India Pariwar is announcing Rs 2 lakh for each player, coach and assistance coach as a token of appreciation and love,” Sarkar added.
While I wouldn’t grudge the windfall for the Hockey team and not put down the great game, it must be realised that we have won only a League stage match and not entered even the Knock Out stages.
Who are they trying to upstage?
From the 24×7 News the Hype surrounding the win also seems partly because the opponent is Pakistan. Is this not Chauvinism?