India are among the favourites: Charlesworth

Updated: 29 January 2010 11:05 IST

Australian hockey legend Ric Charlesworth feels going by the tradition India are one of the strong contenders to lift the hockey World Cup to be held here from

India are among the favourites: Charlesworth

New Delhi :

Australian hockey legend Ric Charlesworth feels going by the tradition India are one of the strong contenders to lift the hockey World Cup to be held here from February 28-March 13.

"I believe, there are at least half a dozen team who are capable of winning the tournament. I underestimate no team. But when you look at the history of such tournaments, the home team always do very well," the former India technical director, who left the country under acrimonious circumstances, told reporters.

A five-time Olympian, Charlesworth was appointed as the technical director to Indian hockey team in 2008 but several issues ranging from slow decision making process to pending financial issues forced him to resign.

But Charlesworth said he has put his past behind and doesn't have any bitter feeling as he prepares to visit India again during the megaevent, this time donning that hat of coach of title favourites Australia.

"I have always enjoyed India. I was disappointed that I was not able to fulfill the role with the Indian team, but I do not have any bitter feeling about my stay in the country. I have always liked India," he said.

He also rubbished any security concerns during the World Cup.



Topics : Hockey
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