To raise the caliber of events staged at the base level, Hockey India on Sunday provided financial assistance to its district and state divisions. The national federation has given each of its state member units a grant of Rs 2 lakh as part of its zeal to promote the sport.
Hockey India states,
”This initial grant will aid the district units in meeting their deliverables and complying with the necessary guidelines”
Upon adequate completion of the adherence by their related district units, Hockey India would further grant Rs 1 lakh to each of the state level member units in addition to the initial award.
”This additional funding will serve as an incentive for state member units to support and guide their district units effectively,”
The statement further adds,
Hockey India will additionally provide grants of Rs 10 lakh each to specific state member units that properly conduct state-level championships and ensure the organization of district championships in their states in the calendar year 2023”
All district units are required to hold district-level competitions as per the rules established by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The state member units must complete these tournaments to qualify for the grant.
The Federation states,
“Hockey India recognizes the crucial role played by the district units in fostering the sport’s growth at the base level. Therefore, an additional incentive of Rs 20,000 will be provided to each district unit upon completing their district unit compliances and organizing the district championships”
Finally, Dilip Tirkey, president of Hockey India, states,
“This is perhaps the first time that a non-cricket National Sports Federation is sanctioning financial assistance directly to district associations. This initiative reflects Hockey India’s commitment towards promoting hockey at the grassroots level.”