You can take the teams out of Punjab but you can’t take Punjab out the teams. It was supposed to be a special occasion, it was the final of the 56th Nehru Hockey Tournament after all. Two teams from Punjab, the Punjab Police v Punjab National Bank – But instead it ended in violent scenes with 7 players been injured.
It has forced the national federation of Hockey India to seek a detailed report from the tournament organizers. The incident occurred when the teams were locked at 3-3 and the Punjab Police were attacking.
The players exchanged blows and fought with sticks before the tournament officials rushed to douse the fire. PNB, eventually, lifted the title by winning the match 6-3.
The incident didn’t go down well with Hockey India, which immediately sought a detailed report from its Tournament Director, Mahesh Kumar.
“We are waiting for the official report from the tournament officials and on its basis, Hockey India will take necessary action,” HI CEO Elena Norman said.
Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, who is also the chief of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), also called on HI to take strict action against the players and officials involved in the ruckus.
“Such irresponsible teams and their careless and uncensored managements, such players and weak and spineless organizing committees spoil the name of the game and bring bad reputation to the sport,” a fuming Batra said.
“I urge Hockey India to take maximum strict action,” he added.