Sports Authority of India Hit Back at National Hockey Coach Terry Walsh

Updated: 03 May 2014 10:42 IST

Terry Walsh had openly lashed out against holding hockey camp in the sweltering heat in New Delhi in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Netherlands. Walsh wanted the camp to be conducted in Bangalore.

Sports Authority of India Hit Back at National Hockey Coach Terry Walsh
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New Delhi:

Sports Authority of India hit back at hockey chief coach Terry Walsh's outburst against holding the camp for World Cup-bound side in sweltering heat, saying that it was the national federation and team management which had decided it.

SAI DG Jiji Thomson said that it was not possible to hold the camp in Bangalore, which is the preferred venue for Walsh due to its cooler climes, because work on relaying of the turf there would take some time.

"It was they (federation and team management) who decided to hold the camp in Delhi. We can't force any federation to hold a camp here or there. We can't make a decision alone," Thomson said.

"When the nation camp was shifted to Delhi from Bangalore last August, everybody knew that the camp for the World Cup-bound team will be held in Delhi. Now, why is this sudden outburst from Walsh, we are surprised.

"Moreover, why should Walsh speak out like this instead of Hockey India. They (Hockey India) could have taken up the matter with us but why Walsh?" he asked.

Thomson said that the work of relaying the astro-turf at Bangalore SAI Centre would take a few months more to complete as it needed to follow procedure.

"We can't do anything. We have to follow laid-down procedure. The tender will have to be floated to procure the turf which would cost Rs 2 crore. I think Bangalore pitch would be ready in two or three months.

"The astro-turf in Bhopal is also re-laying and so could not be used. The only other suitable place (considering cooler climatic conditions) for the players could be Shilaroo SAI Centre in Himachal Pradesh but I don't know why they (HI and team management) did not go there," Thomson said.

"There is a good turf in Manipur but there, the problem is about accommodation facilities."

This year's hockey World Cup will be held from May 31 to June 15 at The Hague, Netherlands where maximum temperatures would be between 15-20 degree Celsius.

Topics : Hockey
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