ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਗਈ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੀ ਇੱਕ ਜੂਨੀਅਰ ਹਾਕੀ ਟੀਮ ਦੀਆਂ ਖਿਡਾਰਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਭਾਰਤੀ ਕੌਂਸਲੇਟ ਦੇ ਅਫਸਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਬੇਸ਼ਰਮੀ ਦਾ ਸ਼ਿਕਾਰ ਹੋਣਾ ਪਿਆ। ਦਰਅਸਲ ਭਾਰਤ ਦੀ ਇੱਕ ਨਿੱਕੀ ਕੁੜੀਆਂ ਹਾਕੀ ਟੀਮ ਆਸਟ੍ਰੇਲੀਆ ਗਈ ਸੀ। ਪਰ ਭਾਰਤੀ ਸ਼ਰਾਫਤਖਾਨੇ ਦੇ ਅਧਿਕਾਰੀਆਂ ਵਲੋਂ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਗਰਾਉਂਡ ਤੱਕ ਪਹੁੰਚਣ ਲਈ ਟੈਕਸੀ ਤੱਕ ਵੀ ਮੁਹੱਈਆ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰਵਾਈ ਗਈ। ਇਸਦੇ ਕਰਕੇ ਕੁੜੀਆਂ ਮੈਚ ਤੋਂ ਪੱਛੜ ਗਈਆਂ ਤੇ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦਾ ਮੈਚ ਵਿਚ ਰਹਿ ਗਿਆ।ਓਥੇ ਐਡੀਲੇਡ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੋਸਾਇਟੀ ਨੇ ਕੁੜੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਮਦਦ ਕੀਤੀ।
Indian Hockey Officials Leave Girl’s Indian Hockey Team Stranded. Girls were seen crying after missing two of their matches. Sikhs Came to the Rescue to help the Hockey Team with food and transportation.It was sad and horrible to see condition of Indian girls hockey team under 16 going through all lot of stress prior to their matches. No food provided on time, No transport provided. Girls lost their 2 matches without play! Coach was helpless. Two Team managers travelling with this team knows nothing about arrangements. Indian delegate/ officials were busy in touring Adelaide like tourists and not picking up their phones or responding emails! Adelaide pacific school games organisers said they were very clear about everything from start, but there was lack of response and communication from Indian officials. School sports federation of India has received Rs.2.5 lakh for each player from government but still they didn’t deliver any good service. Their intentions seem to be vacationing Australia and have little interest in the actual games as Team managers were discussing to visit Melbourne while this is underway!Adelaide Sikhs Hockey Club members were present with girls hockey team since afternoon till they reach their motel safely tonight and had a meal. Offered full support to Coach and team on transportation and meal for their rest of the matches. They are in touch with Pacific games and Hockey SA. Wider community members in Adelaide has also offered full support and local Gurdwaras are willing to deliver langar to all touring teams if needed. However, meal allowances and travel passes are all prearranged which should be utilised, instead of that money goes into wrong hands.