Asian Champion India has refused to accept Rs 25, 000 cash reward offered to them by Hockey India.
The winning national hockey team felt insulted on being offered the meagre cash reward by Sports Minister Ajay Maken during their felicitation ceremony.
Hockey team captain Rajpal Singh said that their feat of beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals of the prestigious event was not rewarded well, and added that his team was disappointed by Maken's hollow claims of reviving the national sport in the country.
Singh further said any cash reward should be motivational for the players, both now and in the future.
He urged other Sports federation to take a leaf out of the BCCI's working and awarding of players to motivate them for better results.
India defeated Pakistan 4-2 in the Asian Champions Trophy finals on Sunday in Ordos, China.
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