Pillay should be given a chance: Somayya

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Former Indian Olympic hockey captian M M Somayya today said the Indian Hockey Federation should have given experienced Dhanraj Pillay a chance.

Pillay should be given a chance: Somayya

Mumbai:

Former Indian Olympic hockey captian M M Somayya today said the Indian Hockey Federation should have given experienced Dhanraj Pillay a chance to prove his fitness by inviting him for the camp before the Indian team for the Athens Olympic is picked in July. "IHF should have given him a chance to show that he has fully recovered from his knee injury by naming him among the 30 probables for the camp because his experience would have helped the team at Athens, Somayya said. "Agreed that knee injuries are a bit dicey but if he has fully recovered as he claims he has, then his inclusion would have been an asset for the team as he still has lots to give for the team", he added. Somayya also pointed out that Pillay should speak to the federation and team's coach Rajinder Singh and resolve the issue, if any, and the IHF from their side should give proper reason for dropping him from the camp. "Every team has its share of misunderstandings and the differences between him (Pillay) and the coach is too minor a thing when compared to the team's well being and both the sides should come out and try to resolve the issue before it is too late", he added. "By not selecting three experienced players like Pillay, Baljit Singh Saini and Baljit Singh Dhillon the team to be chosen from the 30 problables does not have proper balance as experienced players are a must when you are participating in a big tournament like Olympics", Somayya said. (PTI)

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