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IOA backs hockey players
September 27, 2007 18:43 IST
The Indian Olympic Association on Thursday backed the Asia Cup-winning hockey players' statements on the "step-motherly treatment" meted out to them, saying Olympic sportspersons' achievements go unnoticed in the country.
"We fully support the statements made by prominent hockey players regarding the lack of support and step-motherly treatment accorded to them," said a statement from IOA president Suresh Kalmadi and secretary-general Randhir Singh.
"At present, while the entire country celebrates the achievements of the Indian cricket team that won the Twenty20 World Cup, there is a strong feeling that the splendid achievements of Olympic sportspersons who bring glory to nation are not given due recognition," they said.
Four hockey players and the national coach from Karnataka, in an unprecedented move after the Twenty20 World champions were showered with bonuses by the state government on Wednesday, threatened to go on hunger strike, alleging their Asia Cup achievements was overlooked.
"We feel the success of all sportspersons who excel at the international level should be adequately appreciated and all sportspersons, who toil for the prestige of the country should be equally recognised and rewarded," the statement added.
"We appeal to all sports lovers, corporate houses and state governments to be generous and equally acknowledge and reward the achievements of all Indian sportspersons."