Special camp for the Indian Hockey players comes to an end in Bangalore

Editor Sportzwiki / 29 September 2014

The Indian hockey team management organized a special session for the players in the national camp in Bangalore to create awareness about corruption in the wake of the recent spot-fixing scandal in IPL 6. India captain Sardara Singh informed that a special class was conducted by the team’s coaching staff to educate the players not only about fixing but also about dope related issues. “Chief Coach Michael Nobbs and the SAI head in Bangalore took special classes on spot-fixing and doping about 10 days back. During the session, all the players were told to stay away from strangers and inform the team management immediately if someone approaches them with any offer,” Sardara said. “With money coming up in hockey, there is always a possibility. Just like IPL, Hockey India League can also be a soft target because of the cash inflow and lucrative deals” Sardara said “But for a player the main thing is how he  handles such a situation”. Hockey India secretary general NarinderBatra said that as a precautionary measure, the federation has banned the entry of players’ agents from the national camps and team hotels. “We are taking all necessary measures. We are not a big body like BCCI but we are trying to put in place a system to check such incidents” Batra said, “We have already banned players’ agents from attending national camps and hotels. We have also asked all the players who are under HI’s contract to submit their phone numbers to us which we will send to the police for monitoring”. India’s chief coach MichealNobbs too feels that with the influx of money in the game, hockey is susceptible to corruption. Nobbs said, “Any sport where money is involved could be a target for the bookies but I hope hockey is spared”. “The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has put out a module and has an anti-corruption regulation which we follow like every other hockey playing nation. We regularly conduct sessions with the players on corruption and doping issues” the Australian added.

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