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Sunday, September 30, 2007

SBI announces Rs 5 lakh for sulking hockey team

State Bank of India today announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakhs for the Indian hockey team which recently won the Asia Cup tournament in Chennai.

SBI Chairman O.P. Bhat today announced the sop for the hockey players who were sulking after India's Twenty20 World Cup winning cricketers were showered with cash prizes.

"We have decided to give them a small token of appreciation to the hockey team," Bhat told PTI.

The decision to this effect was taken in today's Board meeting.

"This is not something great we have done to the Indian team. What we have done is to show how much we care for Indian hockey," he added.

Chief coach Joaquim Carvalho lashed out at the politicians and said that four players were planning to go on a hunger strike to protest the 'step-motherly' treatment meted out to them.

They were particularly unhappy with Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel announcing out-of-turn promotion of some of the players who work with Indian Airlines and Air India.

Four state governments also announced sop for the cricketers on their arrival from South Africa.

The hunger strike threat, however, prompted the Civil Aviation Minister to announce cash award for the hockey players who are on the payroll of Indian and Air India.

The Karnataka government also announced Rs 2 lakhs for the players.

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