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Hockey clears the air

Arin Kumar
Friday, December 28, 2012

BOTH the men's and the women's national hockey teams will compete in Round 2 of the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World League that will be held in India next year.

The teams won the Round 1 competition that was held at the National Hockey Centre in Suva two weeks ago.

Earlier last week, it was reported that only one of the two teams would travel to India because of financial constraints.

However, yesterday the Fiji Hockey Federation quashed any doubts that may have lingered on the participation of either team.

FHF president Dr Robin Mitchell said they made the decision after consulting the team management, coaching staff and the players.

"We had to confirm to the organisers by December 24 whether we will participate or not and that is whether no team one team or both teams will attend the event," he said.

"After the Oceania Pacific Cup tournament we had a meeting with the team coaching and management staff and players and they were interested in participating in Round 2."

He added the players will cover their own cost but the cost of keeping the team in India has not been decided yet.

"The cost for participation in the World League is $3500 per player, which is $300 for Round 1 and $3200 for Round 2.

"We asked the players if they could afford that and they said 'yes' but what we are not sure about is the cost of keeping the team in India for the duration of the competition and whether we will have to cover it or the organisers will cover it."

Mitchell said they would start looking for sponsors once the actual costs were confirmed.

"According to the budget we have drawn up, it would cost each team $30,000 to stay in India for the duration of the competition.

"If there it is confirmed that we will have to cover the costs of the welfare of the team in India then we will start looking for sponsors," he said. Round 2 will be played in New Delhi from February 18 to 24.





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