New Delhi:Ric Charlesworth, whose abrupt resignation as Technical Advisor created a stir in hockey circles, has made it clear that he will be associated with Indian hockey only if he was given an active role rather than an advisory position.
Clearing all speculation about his sudden decision to leave India, the 51-year-old former captain said that he would be returning to India after two weeks and had specifically gone to Australia to attend Hockey Australias inaugural Hall of Fame dinner and to address some pressing family issues.
"My role as technical advisor in India entailed me making discovery, advising and giving recommendations to Indian Hockey on the elite game. I do not believe there is much more I can do in an advisory role in India. These reports are completed and it is a time for action in India," Charlesworth said in an email communication.
"If I am to have a future role in Indian hockey then it will not be in an advisory one," he added.
In a shocking development, the Australian legend, who was entrusted with the responsibility of reviving Indian hockey, suddenly left for Australia on Thursday night after putting in his papers a fortnight ago.
Charlesworth's trip to Australia triggered off intense speculation that he was was disgusted with the way the game is being run in the country.
Criticising the dissolved KPS Gill-backed Indian Hockey Federation for the state of the game, Charlesworth pointed out that the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), who is at present running the game in the country, should come out with sustainable long-term plans for its development.
"The IOA have inherited a difficult task and besides the short term matters that they are managing must try to navigate a sustainable long term pathway for the game. Unfortunately, the previous management of the game did not leave it in a healthy state," he stated.
He also hoped that on his return, he would get a clear picture about his future in the India.
"On my return to India, I believe the opportunity will exist to determine my future in India," he added.