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Cash-strapped ice hockey team of India looks for hope on social media

They have opted to go for a crowd-funding campaign.

Written by Vishnu Varma | New Delhi |
Updated: April 8, 2015 9:38:07 pm
ice hockey, India ice hockey, social media, Twitter, ice hockey team The national ice hockey team of India practicing for the tournament (Courtesy: @bhaiyyajispeaks/Twitter)

Yes, India has a national ice hockey team. For many of us, that is a surprise given our Indian milieu’s unflinching and loyal support to one sport. Yes, cricket has dominated a million hearts in our country and continues to do so. But the downside is that non-cricket sports have suffered. We often come across news of our hockey team (which is incidentally our national sport) severely cash-strapped and failing to compete in key tournaments due to lack of funds. I am afraid, a similar situation has arisen.


Our national ice hockey team, which has been playing for the last 6 years, has taken to the internet and social media to raise money so that their players could compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Challenge Cup of Asia starting from April 18 in Kuwait. In fact, their campaign on social media attracted so much steam that #SupportIceHockey was even trending at the top of Twitter a few days ago.

According to the team, a donation of Rs 20,000 will cover the costs for a single player. The crowdfunding platform where people can make their donations shows that as of 3:45 pm today, a total of 121 donations have been made and Rs 1,55,452 raised. The team’s target is Rs 3,50,000.

PICS: Indian Ice Hockey team practising for international tournament

Thanks to India’s tropical temperatures, ice hockey might not be popular, but in cold Himalayan regions of Ladakh and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the main winter sports.

We might have been unsuccessful in our bid to retain the cricket world cup, but supporting this team might help us install our tricolour in Kuwait.

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