JALANDHAR, OCT 14 ; Three Pakistani teams and 10 top teams of the country have staked their claim for the top honours in the Silver Jubilee Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament to be held at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here from October 18 to 25.
This information was given to mediapersons by Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner and President of the Surjit Hockey Society Ajeet Singh Pannu today. Indian Oil will be the main sponsor and Gold’s Gym will be the co-sponsor. The tournament will be played on knock-out- cum league basis. The matches will be played under lights.
Three Pakistani teams namely Javed Hockey Club, Gojra, Crescent Hockey Club Sailkot and Independent Hockey Club Sargodha will be the main attraction, and these teams will be placed in quarter finals stage. The other teams are holders Indian Oil Mumbai, Punjab & Sind Bank Delhi, Namdhari XI, BSF Jalandhar, Air India Mumbai, Rail coach Factory Kapurthala, Bharat Petroleum, Punjab police, South Central Railways Secundrabad and Punjab National Bank.
The Society has decided to increase the prize money for the winners to 2.25 lakh from Rs 1 lakh. Runners-up will receive Rs one lakh instead of Rs 60,000.. The best player of the tournament will get Rs 25000 cash. The finals match of the tournament will be telecast liveon the PTC Punjabi Channel from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m on October 25.