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IHF announces bonus for team

September 05, 2007 16:36 IST

A bonus amount of Rs 1000 has been offered for each goal scored by the Indian team in the ongoing BSNL seventh Asia Cup Hockey tournament, it was announced by the Indian Hockey Federation on Wednesday.

IHF president K P S Gill said it is a token appreciation for the players for their fine showing in the ongoing tournament in Chennai.

"Our team has been consistently yielding goals in the first five minutes in the tournaments for a long time. In the four matches that has been played in the Asia Cup, the team had broken the jinx. We wanted to extend something as token of appreciation for the players," Gill said in Chennai on Wednesday.

"When we beat Sri Lanka [Images] 20-0, it was decided by me to pay Rs 1,000 per goal to the whole team and not the goal scorer," he said.

Gill said the team will be getting Rs30,000 for their 30 goals scored in four matches so far.

The veteran administrator refused to confirm if the team would be penalised for yielding goals.

"It is an internal matter between the players and the IHF. The deduction of money from players may or may not be applied. But, this small amount as token bonus will be paid to the team at the end of the Asia Cup," Gill said.

India have a good chance to increase the bonus money kitty when they play their last league match against Thailand on Thursday.

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