Players reject deadline; to play WC at own expense

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Players reject deadline; to play WC at own expense
New Delhi, Jan 12: The meeting between  Hockey India and the players ended with the players walking out of the meeting after the AK Matto, president of Hockey India, issued a 48-hour deadline to the players to return to practice.

“It (players" revolt) was hurting particularly at a time when the World Cup is round the corner. We had a detailed discussion on various issues. They (players) did not re-start the camp, wanted to continue the strike. Money is more important for the players, playing for country secondary," Matto said.

Matto ordered the striking players to return to camp which will be start after two days or else a new team will be selected.

"We will disband camp for two days, but rest assured India will play in the World Cup. We will find players from all over the country. We will close the camp day after so that they (players) have one day to think about what they want to do," Mattoo said after the meeting.

In response the revolting players said that they will not play unless their demands are met.

"We will play the World Cup at our expenses. We love the sports and not the money. We are making the demands because it is our right to do so, " said Deepak Thakur, member of Indian hockey team.

Players said they are the national team and not a school team being offered tips. They added that despite playing for the nation they were not offered incentives.

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