Chak De! Haryana

October 3, 2007
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First there was Chak De! India, then that fantastic Asia cup victory by the Indian men’s hockey team, then the protests by players anguished at how their outstanding work got completely overshadowed by the cricketers who got rewarded handsomely for their world cup win. Now take this.

Haryana government is setting up hockey stadiums in 50 villages, each with an investment of Rs 50 lakh (5 million). Most of the money for this is going to come from the central government. Once the stadiums are setup, the players will be given hockey sticks and balls free of cost. When they talk of grassroots development of the sports infrastructure, this is how it is supposed to be done. Kudos to the government for this initiative.

Another heartening initiative coming from former Indian captain Rajesh Chauhan who has formed the Jai Bharat Charitable and Welfare Trust to “groom players from the rural parts of the state so that the players will one day win an Olympic gold for the country and restore the golden period of Indian hockey to where it was.”

A couple (more) steps in the right direction, we say!

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5 Responses to “ Chak De! Haryana ”

  1. Nita on October 4, 2007 at 7:33 am

    I hope all of it works out. And for other sports too! Cricket here overshadows everything. Actually, the money lies in cricket. its the audiences which drive everything! People just don’t get excited about hockey…or in fact anything else except perhaps tennis and Sania!

  2. pr3rna on October 4, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Chak-De-Haryana will convert to Chak-De-India one day.People will start getting excited about Hockey once we start winning.

  3. rambodoc on October 6, 2007 at 7:01 am

    And you guys think the Government throwing money like this is going to work? To that I can only say ‘HAAAH!’
    :-P

  4. amreekandesi on October 6, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Its called optimism :)

  5. madhuri on October 6, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I am with the very optimistic AD. Maybe someday soon we will get an Olympic gold medal for Hockey.

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