Hockey India to award Rs one lakh to women’s team for Rio Olympic qualification

The Indian women's hockey team qualified for the 2016 Rio Games after a long wait of 36 years since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

By: PTI | Bangalore | Updated: March 13, 2016 10:09 pm
Rio Olympics, Rio Olympics updates, Rio Olympics news, Rio Olympics scores, India Hockey, Hockey India, Indian Hockey team, Women's Hockey team, Women's Hockey team qualify, sports news, sports, hockey news, Hockey The top performers of Indian women’s hockey in 2015 such as Rani, Deepika, Ritu Rani and Savita have been nominated for the top award in Indian hockey.

Hockey India will give a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to the entire women hockey team and the support staff at the Hockey India awards in Bangalore on March 26, in recognition of their achievement of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.

The Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2016 Rio Games after a long wait of 36 years since the 1980 Moscow Olympics, when women’s hockey was introduced for the first time and Hockey India will felicitate the entire team and support staff.

“It’s a very big achievement for women’s hockey in India. Till now, the Gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester was the most celebrated moment for women’s hockey, but by qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, we have managed to push the bar higher,” India skipper Ritu Rani said.

“A good performance in the Olympics will help to take women’s hockey in India a long way ahead. This recognition by Hockey India will further motivate us to put up a good show,” she added.

Women hockey players from Haryana have been a dominant force in the national team and all four slots for the Player of the Year (Women) award that carries a prize purse of Rs. 25 lakh, have been locked out by players hailing from the Northern Indian state.

The top performers of Indian women’s hockey in 2015 such as Rani, Deepika, Ritu Rani and Savita have been nominated for the top award in Indian hockey.

The nomination of Sonika in the Upcoming Player of The Year award category takes the headcount of players from Haryana to five for this year’s facilitation.

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    Rajesh
    Mar 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm
    1 lack for the entire team... Isn't it too much?
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    Rajesh
    Mar 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    Such a huge amount.great hockey India.they qualified because they were playing for it. If they win gold medal then only 1lac should have been given.
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    aniket routh
    Mar 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    It s great way to show support to women centric events. Players should have been even asked to go and play by their own since they are playing for the "country". Even the parliment's chef gets more allowance then that and i bet he couldnt qualify for masterchef india.
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    Manish
    Mar 13, 2016 at 4:41 pm
    I like the sarcasm by Rajesh......may be they will spend many lacs on the award function.....where netas and officials will get opportunity to speak nonsense.
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    Md.Yasir
    Mar 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm
    What a prize Single cricket player gets 8 cr for ipl, Womens hockey team get 1 lakh for olympics, This is the condition of sports career
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