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INDIA TODAY - The most widely read newsweekly in South Asia.
     CURRENT ISSUE DECEMBER 25, 2006
 
   SPORTS: HOCKEY
 

Outclassed, Outrun

It was Indian hockey's lowest low. For the first time in 48 years, the team failed to make it to the semi-finals of the Asian Games in Doha. INDIA TODAY asked legends and leading experts why the national game has come to a sorry pass.

 
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LAGGING BEHIND: S Korea blocks India's chances at the Asian Games in Doha
A What's going wrong?
B Who is to blame?
C What can be done?

PARGAT SINGH, EX-CAPTAIN, MULTIPLE OLYMPIAN,

A Flawed plans, half-hearted execution, coaching changes.
B The IHF bosses who have done nothing for 14 years.
C Revamp the IHF at the top and nurture grassroot talent.

 

ASLAM SHER KHAN, 1975 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER, SELECTOR

A State level hockey is dead, supply lines are choked off.
B The IHF's ruling clique. Hockey is not insurgency.
C Declare a moratorium on international participation.

BALBIR SINGH, THREE TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1948, 1952, 1956.

A Over-dribbling on the field and an overall failure to reinvent.
B Everyone: players, coaches, officials, the government.
C Start from scratch: a talent pool, a coaching system.

M.P. GANESH, EX-CAPTAIN, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER MEDALLIST,

A Players did not leave aside material issues and work hard.
B All of us in hockey. Time for some serious introspection.
C Form a professional thinktank that can find answers.

M.M. SOMAYA , OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980, FORMER CAPTAIN.

A Failure to adapt to rule changes and limited focus of government and corporates towards the sport over time.
B Rather than a blame game, long-term planning into state infrastructure is needed.
C Upgrade coaching methods and communication tactics between players.

GURBUX SINGH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1964, SELECTOR

A Too many things. Hockey is only the No. 3 sport, it is vanishing from schools. Astroturfs are too few.
B The entire country-the players, the coaches and most of all, the government.
C Improve fitness of the players for the astroturf. Our fitness levels are very low.

  PICTURE SPEAK
GAME'S UP: India fell to China 3-2
MERVYN FERNANDES, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980

A Neglecting basic skills, lack of understanding between players and the failure to play well in one-on-one situations.
B Viren Rasquinha's last minute omission was bad timing; it affects players' psyche
C Improve junior, sub-junior coaching ; you can't be taught how to score at the top.

HARIPAL KAUSHIK OLYMPIC AND ASIAN GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST, COACH

A A lack of planning at all levels. There is no uniformity in coaching, no standardisation of talent-spotting.
B Not the players but the IHF bosses. Their elections are a farce, they are in it for power.
C Boot out the current IHF, debar them from contesting elections in the future.

MOHAMMED SHAHID, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980, EX-CAPTAIN

A The players are not focussing on their game, they lack cohesiveness and hardly play as a unit.
B The players. This was the best team we had but there was no commitment.
C Cater to the game at the state nurseries. The state level scenario now is pathetic.

ASHISH BALLAL ASIAN GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1998.

A It is a bad time... the team has potential but is mismanaged. Bad planning and bad selection policy hurts it.
B Players need to be more professional, management more transparent.
C Keep IHF secretary K Jothikumaran out.

-with bureau inputs

 

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