Olympians auction t-shirts to raise funds for hockey tournament

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Chandigarh, Jun 5 (UNI) Failing to rope in sponsors for a hockey tournament, Olympians Prabhjot Singh and Deepak Thakur and international hockey player Rajpal Singh today auctioned their T-shirts to raise funds.

"As the organisers fail to rope in sponsors for the sixth edition of the Dharam Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament to be held here from June 8 to 12, we decided to raise funds through auction of our apparel worn by us during international tournaments," said Prabhjot Singh and Rajpal Singh after the auction which fetched a total of Rs 2.3 lakh.

"We also wanted to draw attention of the Government to pay more attention to the promotion of hockey, they said. Deepak Thakur was not present at the auction venue here as he is playing in Germany.

The auction began with T-shirt No 7 of Deepak Thakur who was wearing it in the match played between India and Pakistan in Champions Trophy in Holland in 2004. Bhupinder, a transporter from Allahabad, was the highest bidder and purchased the t-shirt for Rs 60,000.

"I could have bid for other T-shirts but 7 is our lucky number.

It is a gift for my 11-year old son who is a hockey fan," Bhupinder said.

Rajpal Singh's T-Shirt No 12, which he had worn in the Asia Cup final in Chennai in 2007, was clinched by Rajpal Singh Sandhu of Australian who made the highest bid at Rs 75,000.

T-Shirt No 15 belonged to highest scorer in the the Asia Cup final in Chennai in 2007, with 15 goals. Sandeep Aggarwal owner of Gomti Agri Co of Jalandhar won the auction at Rs 95,000.

"Prabhjot play with our equipment (Tornando of Gomti Agro Co.).

We were determined to be the highest bidder to get possession of T-Shirt No 15 of Prabhjot," said Sandeep.

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