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Women's hockey team awaiting excess baggage

August 06, 2003 19:22 IST

The Indian women's hockey team is still awaiting its excess baggage, which was not allowed to be carried back home from Russia, where it won a three-nation tournament last month.

Aeroflot, by which the Indian team travelled, demanded US $1,000 for the excess baggage, and did not exempt it even on the request of Russian Hockey Federation president S Chechenkov, an Indian Women's Hockey Federation statement said on Wednesday.

"Though the Indian team has come back from Moscow after a successful tour, unfortunately, two goalkeeper kits and one packet of 14 stick bags was not allowed by Aeroflot, saying it was excess baggage weighing 86 kg," IWHF secretary Amrit Bose said.

There were 22 members in the Indian team and it would have come to 3.86 kg excess baggage per person.

The IWHF is in touch with Aeroflot, New Delhi and ready to pay the required charges for the excess baggage but it is still awaiting to hear from the airlines, the statement said.

The July 8-15 tournament saw India win one match, draw two and lose one in a double round-robin format. Russia and Ukraine also garnered five points, the same as India, but were pipped due to inferior goal average.

India also played a Test match with Russia which it won 3-0.

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