HI announces cash awards for Champions Trophy silver medallists
London, June 18 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) on Saturday announced cash awards for the Indian men's team after the historic silver medal winning show in the Champions Trophy.
Immediately after the medal presentation, Hockey India President Narender Batra went to the dressing room and announced the rewards.
"Australia did well to win the title, but for me you too are winners today," said Batra soon after the Champions Trophy jury had rejected India's appeal against a shoot-out infringement.
"It is a proud moment for all of us. The way the team has played against World Champions Australia is commendable. I congratulate the players, the coaches and the support staff for their hard work and dedication.
"I believe we are on the right track for road to Rio," he added.
India lost 1-3 in the shootout to world champions Australia after the summit clash remained goalless in regulation time.
Batra announced that each player and the chief coach would receive Rs. two lakh, while the remaining support staff shall be given Rs. one lakh.
Young defender Harmanpreet Singh, who was adjudged the youth player of the tournament, will get an additional Rs. one lakh as reward.