New Delhi, Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who played a motivating hockey coach in “Chak De! India”, has now expressed solidarity with the country’s hockey team, which boycotted a training camp in Pune over non-payment of sponsorship money and match fees.
“(I) feel awful for the Indian hockey team. To play for the country…(the) national sport and (they) have to ask for salary. And (then) we complain (that) we don’t win gold,” Shah Rukh has posted on popular social networking site Twitter.
The players, who are preparing for the World Cup at Pune’s Balewadi Complex under chief coach Jose Brasa, Thursday decided to “boycott” the camp until their dues are paid and the issue is resolved.
Actress Gul Panag also joined King Khan and rued the condition of the hockey team.
“Sad that our hockey team has to constantly fight for its dues – and not just financial. Whereas cricket…,” she posted.
Movie baron Pritish Nandy too is upset with the way the players are being treated.
“I feel sad for our hockey players. India has won eight Olympic golds and one World Cup in hockey and we now treat them as beggars,” he said.