Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hockey team rewarded

National hockey team's players share a light moment at the NSC Tower yesterday during their felicitation programme where they were given monetary awards for their performance in the World Hockey League (Round-2). PHOTO: STAR

National hockey team’s players share a light moment at the NSC Tower yesterday during their felicitation programme where they were given monetary awards for their performance in the World Hockey League (Round-2). PHOTO: STAR

The national hockey team have been awarded by state minister for youth and sports Ahad Ali Sarker yesterday for their heroic performance in the World Hockey League (Round-2) where they finished third, two months ago in Delhi.
18 players, two coaches and two managers were awarded TK 20,000 each. Striker Rusal Mahmud Jimmy, who was adjudged best midfielder of the tournament and defender Mamunur Rahman Chayan — the second highest scorer — were given an additional Tk 10,000 each while coach Mahbub Harun was given an additional Tk 20,000 for guiding the team.
However, this reward seemed too little compared to the feat of the team and the awards given to other disciplines such as cricket. When the question was posed to the sports minister, Ahad Ali Sarker had this to say: “International and local media always gives cricket more coverage and you yourself should find out the reason.”
“However, I give attention to all disciplines equally. I think if we can increase the facilities, the hockey team can bring more glory for the nation,” added Sarker.