Coaches and players cried foul regarding the prize money after ONGC's 2-1 victory over Air India in the Mumbai Hockey Championship (MHC) final yesterday.
Air India & ONGC players in action during the Mumbai Hockey
Championship final at MHA yesterday
The winning team earned Rs 40,000, while the runners-up were given Rs 20,000 at the end of the floodlit final at the Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) stadium yesterday.
"We feel ashamed to tell you how much we got as prize money," said ONGC skipper Harpal Singh, who scored the winner in the 67th minute after Gagandeep Singh's conerted a penalty corner to cancel out Joga Singh's strike for Air India. "The prize money is sad," said Air India manager Vineet Kumar.
ONGC coach Neeraj Pant said: "Earlier they used to give the winner Rs 75,000." MHA president Mangha Singh Bakshi clarified: "We used to give R75,000 for the Super League tournament and not MHC."