Shocker: Hockey India first threatens to dump Sultan Azlan Shah Cup trip, then does U-turn over funds

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'Proposal submitted by Hockey India was overshooting specific budget.' (AP) 'Proposal submitted by Hockey India was overshooting specific budget.' (AP)
SummarySports Authority of India says Hockey India proposal 'overshot' budget.

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Earlier in the day, HI decided to withdraw from the tournament, claiming that SAI had refused to fund the team's air travel for the event.

"Hockey India has been forced to withdraw the participation of its Senior National Men team from the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament to be played at Ipoh in Malaysia from 9-17 March 2013," HI said in a statement.

"In the sanction given by Sports Authority of India to Hockey India regarding the men's team participation, it is mentioned that the team will play this tournament at no cost to government.

HI said the only obligation to the government for this tour was to cover airfare cost of the team but in the sanction given by SAI, it was clearly mentioned that government will not cover any cost. The government had, on earlier occasions, borne the air travel expenses.

India, who won the Azlan Shah Cup five times (1985, 1991, 1995, 2009, 2010), were the bronze medallist in the last edition of the tournament.

Keeping in mind the FIH Junior World Cup, to be held in the country later this year, India had opted to field a young, new-look squad under Danish Mujataba for this year's Azlan Shah Cup.

Apart from India, the other participating nations in the tournament are arch-rivals Pakistan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and hosts Malaysia.

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