22 Feb 2010

NZ Hockey says players made choice

6:39 pm on 22 February 2010

Hockey New Zealand says each player in the men's national hockey team has made an informed choice to go to the World Cup in Delhi.

New Zealand's involvement in the tournament was thrown into doubt last week after the terrorist group Al Qaeda warned countries not to travel to the Delhi event.

Hockey New Zealand chief executive Hillary Poole says she has received advice from the New Zealand Government and an independent security advisor, and is confident an adequate level of security is in place.

Ms Poole says she has been liaising with the other participating nations and all of them still plan to attend the World Cup.

She says all players in the current Black SticksTeam have chosen to travel to Delhi, except for Simon Child who will not go for personal reasons.

The Coach of the Black Sticks, Shane McLeod says his players are hungry to take on the best in the world.