Charlesworth to stay with Indian hockey

Updated: 21 March 2008 18:04 IST

The uncertainty over Ric Charlesworth's future finally came to an end on Thursday with the Australian legend being appointed the Technical Advisor.

New Delhi:

The uncertainty over Ric Charlesworth's future finally came to an end on Thursday with the Australian legend being appointed the Technical Advisor and expert coach of Indian hockey that will allow him to work with the senior men's team.

After four days of brainstorming meetings, the suspense over the Aussie great's association with India ended as the hockey fraternity in the country was engaged in speculation as to where the sport was heading.

The day started with the IHF top bosses holding several rounds of meetings with the sports ministry officials, which resulted in the finalisation of Charlesworth's contract and nature of his operation.

According to a reliable source in the sports ministry, Charlesworth's contract had been finalised and now he would be given a role in the senior men's team.

"The contract has been finalised. He (Charlesworth) will work as the Technical Advisor and expert coach with teams at all levels," the source said.

Earlier in the week, an angry Charlesworth had declined to work in India after knowing that the Ministry and IHF unilaterally had decided to keep him away from the senior men's team and give him the charge of the junior sides.

"No, I have not come here to do that," he had said.

After this episode, pressure mounted on the IHF from various quarters, including the International Hockey Federation (FIH), former Olympians and office-bearers, and fresh discussions were held to accommodate the Australian with a bigger role.

Topics : Hockey
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