Kolkata, Apr 12 (UNI) Sahara India's Deputy General Manager J B Roy, who took over the reign of the Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) recently, today said efforts would be made to bring star players of the country for revival of hockey in Bengal.
Roy, appointed BHA president some months back, said he was shocked to know that there was not a single ground in Kolkata for round-the-year hockey practice.
BHA secretary Gurbax Singh, an Olympian, said, '' Only two months are being allotted for hockey matches in the city. Bengal also does not have a single astro turf, which is a must for any international tournament. '' BHA, one of country's premier hockey bodies and organiser of India's oldest hockey championship Beighton Cup, usually held every March-April, would now hold the tournament in October after the Sports Authority of India's assurance to complete an astro turf by that time at Salk Lake.
Roy said the BHA had already made a long-term plan on how to promote hockey and make it at least interesting in the region.
In the 60s and 70s, India's top ranking clubs and players used to come to play in the big clubs - East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting.
Gurbux Singh said the BHA was actively considering bringing a mixed team comprising seniors and juniors from Pakistan and a similar Indian combination to organise an indoor series for four-five days with four another clubs from India.
The BHA would also organise a rally ''Walk for Hockey'' tomorrow in the city, where Olympians Dhanraj Pillai, Ashok Kumar, Md Shahid, Gurbax Singh, Keshab Datt, Pargat Singh will take part.
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