Former captains of Indian hockey team Pargat Singh, Mir Ranjan Negi, and Gurbaksh Singh have been included in the Masters' Committee of the state member units of Hockey India on Tuesday. Hockey India said in a release that under this scheme, opportunities will be given to all age groups (women and men) so that no player has age constraints to maintain his hobby.
Speaking about the overwhelming response received from the state member units for the formation of the Masters' Committee, Hockey India Secretary General Rajidar Singh said, "We are happy that we have got better support from the state member units who have formed their respective committee's Prominent names of Indian hockey are included.
He said, "I am convinced of his passion and effort. We will be able to develop a platform for them in the Masters' category without worrying about the age of former players. The goal of the Masters' Committee is to encourage the players to come back so that they continue to play hockey as a recreational activity and remain in love and emotional about it while keeping in touch with the sport. ''
It is notable that in March, Hockey India joined 38 other national associations from all over the world and took membership in the World Masters Hockey. It is the only entity recognized by the International Hockey Federation and has the authority to organize international master's hockey worldwide.
Hockey India has requested all the state member units to constitute state-level committees of former national and international players.
Hockey India's Masters Committee will be headed by Harbidar Singh and RP Singh. BP Govinda, Jagbir Singh, AB Subaiah, Surinder Kaur, and M Renuka Lakshmi will also join it.