Protesting against the non-payment of their dues, national hockey players continued their indefinite strike on Monday and boycotted the World Cup preparatory camp, said reports.
On Sunday, the players had decided to go on strike to demand incentives for their performance in the year gone by despite reaching a truce with Hockey India officials on Saturday.
“We are not training from this morning. We are waiting for Hockey India officials to arrive. We came to know that Hockey India officials are coming to meet the team. The team will have a meeting with them and let’s see what happens,” senior forward Prabhjot Singh, who has been appointed by his team-mates as their representative, was quoted as saying by Times of India.
“Hopefully, things will be resolved by this evening. If all the boys are satisfied with the outcome, we will end the strike immediately,” he added.
Hockey India reacted sharply to players’ decision on Sunday. Treasurer Narinder Batra even accused them of blackmailing the Federation and holding the nation to ransom.
“It’s really shocking. They agreed to our offer yesterday and now they are back on strike. They can’t hold a nation to ransom,” he said.
Batra claimed that HI listened to all the grievances of the players and offered a solution too.
“They talked about insurance cover, graded systems and even the alleged poor quality of food they had at the Pune camp. We told them what we can immediately we will do. We even agreed to compensate for the poor food, arrange a meeting with the sponsor as they demanded and HI president (AK Mattoo) went to the extent of promising them Rs 1 crore each if they win the World Cup. We said we would get the money anyhow for them,” he said.