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Rajpal, Halappa to play in WSH despite ban threat

Rajpal, Halappa to play in WSH despite ban threat

FIH has reiterated that WSH remains an 'unsanctioned' event and any players participating may face sanction.

New Delhi: Notwithstanding FIH's persistent threat of a ban, out of favour Indian stars Rajpal Singh and Arjun Halappa on Thursday stated categorically that they will play in the lucrative World Series Hockey as it will not only provide them financial stability but also give them an opportunity to relive their passion.

With less than a week to go for the start of the event, the FIH has reiterated that WSH remains an 'unsanctioned' event for it and any player or official participating in the private league may face sanction.

But such a threat has failed to deter former India captain Rajpal Singh and experienced striker Arjun Halappa, who did not find a place in the 18-member Indian squad for the ongoing Olympic Qualifiers here.

"Hockey is my passion and I want to utilise every opportunity that comes my way. For any player what is important is to play the sport, it doesn't matter in which form the opportunity comes," Rajpal told PTI.

Asked about the possible ban he might face the future if he turns up in WSH, he said, "Let's not talk about what might happen in future. Who has seen future? People said that world will end in 2011 but it didn't."

Rajpal's views were supported by another former skipper Arjun Halappa, who also failed to make it to the main team for the Olympic qualifiers and was named as a stand-by player.
first published:February 23, 2012, 17:08 IST