With 10 days left for the hockey World Cup,tickets for the event are still not on sale. Those looking for tickets say the situation is equally bad at both the online booking site and retail outlets in the Capital.
Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra said the federation is not at fault. We have got around 14,000 tickets printed for each days match equivalent to the capacity of National Stadium, he said. We have all the tickets with us but cannot send them to outlets for sale till we get them stamped from the Delhi governments taxation department.
The event has been declared entertainment tax-free and Batra said till late Thursday evening,they had managed to get only tickets for the first two days of the tournament.
He said the federation will try to get them to the outlets at the earliest but it may not be possible before Friday morning.
Delhi Finance minister A K Walia,meanwhile,said the government gave the event a tax waiver but he is not aware of the present problem. I met some officials from the federation two days ago but this was not brought to my notice, Walia said.
Batra said: We have tickets printed for all days,so there is no delay from our side. It is now up to the taxation department to get the tickets out.
Walia said he would look into the issue on Friday and try to sort it out at the earliest.
Some of those who managed to get tickets booked like a Delhi-based sports correspondent are yet to get the tickets despite paying for them.
Only a handful of outlets are selling tickets in the city and they said they dont have any stock, said a Gurgaon resident,trying to buy tickets for the entire tournament. Some outlets do not even have any idea that they have been named as centres for selling tickets for the event.
I have been trying to get tickets for almost a week now I tried booking online but I still don’t have my tickets. Maybe I will come to Delhi and buy them, said Satish Sharma,a freelance journalist and hockey enthusiast from Rourkela,Orissa,one of the few corners in India where hockey beats other sport in terms of popularity.
The tournament will be played at the National Stadium from February 28 to March 13.