Mumbai:Claiming that he was a 'victim' of 'politics', former national hockey team coach Joaquim Carvalho expressed disappointment over the exclusion of his name from the Sports Ministry list of nominees for the coveted Dronacharya Award.
Talking to PTI, Calvalho said he is dejected with the treatment meted out to him as the Sports Ministry has not referred his papers, recommended by the disbanded Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), to the selection committee.
"Why should I be made victim of politics. I know for sure that the Ministry received my application well before the deadline. Let the Ministry be neutral between Indian Olympic Association and IHF. Politics should not come in the sports arena," he said.
"I have no words to describe the treatment meted out to sportspersons in this country. I am an Olympian and captained the country. There may be difference of opinion or disagreement between a Federation and the IOA, but no sportsperson worthy of any award should suffer for recognition by the Government," added Calvalho, who played in 1984 Atlanta Olympics besides Continental and World Championships.
Although, his name has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award for the fourth year in succession, he is still to be conferred the award.
"Last year, Gurdial Singh Bhangu, who was in the selection committee had vetoed my case saying that I am young have just started coaching and can get it (the award) next year (2008)," he said.