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MP hockey team disqualified at nat’l tourney due to ‘improper’ papers | Bhopal News

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Bhopal: The sub-junior team of Hockey Madhya Pradesh had to face embarrassment after the team was not allowed to participate in the national tournament at Jind, Haryana. Team was sent back after Hockey India suspected the documents submitted by the team were not proper.
MP was to play their first match against UP. Sources said that the team was disqualified after the UP team registered protest, citing that the MP team comprised three players from outside the state. After the protest, organisers checked the documents. Later, the MP team was not allowed to play the tournament.
When contacted, Hockey Madhya Pradesh admitted that the team was sent back without participating in the tournament. Secretary (Hockey Madhya Pradesh) Lok Bahadur made a shocking reply. He said, “Players and Hockey India were responsible for such goof-up. We had selected the team after proper selection trials. What we can do if players do not give us proper documents.”
About Hockey India he added, “Earlier, Hockey India took documents manually. Now they have started taking it online which created an entire problem. We were nowhere responsible.”
He categorically refused the claim that the MP team was playing with outside players. “There was no such incident. We did not play with outside players. Entire issue was the problem in the documentation,” said Bahadur.
Players of the team were very upset after the incident. “We wanted to play. After a year we had the opportunity to play but the goof-up by the Hockey Madhya Pradesh put paid to our hopes,” said a player of the team without quoting his name.

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