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Aslam?s resignation fails to impress hockey stars

FORMER OLYMPIAN Aslam Sher Khan?s resignation from the post of selector of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has evoked mixed response with some international hockey stars of the City dubbing the move as politically motivated.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 00:50 IST

FORMER OLYMPIAN Aslam Sher Khan’s resignation from the post of selector of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has evoked mixed response with some international hockey stars of the City dubbing the move as politically motivated.

Aslam resigned on Wednesday accusing IHF president KPS Gill of being biased and adamant. However, the hockey fraternity in Bhopal is not quite impressed.

Former international player Inam-ur-Rehman described the resignation as a move to gain political mileage. “When he was in the federation, there was no change in condition of hockey. After his resignation what can we expect? ” he wondered.

Calling Aslam an opportunist, he alleged that the former union minister has nothing to do with the future of hockey. “Whenever he gets an opportunity to push his name in the media for personal gain, he does these kind of things, ” he added.Former Olympian Jalaluddin also shared the same view.

“First Aslam should come up with clear vision about revival of hockey and then take any decision,” he opined. “I want to know what has he done for the revival of Bhopal hockey. If he has nothing for Bhopal hockey what to expect of him for the Indian hockey, he asked.

However, Sameer Dad, another international player, did not directly criticise Aslam. He only said “the resignation came too late.”

“He should have done it earlier. Still, we can expect that he will work with true intention of revival of hockey,” he added.

Altaf-ur-Rehman opined the resignation will make no difference to the Indian hockey. “The need is to work with clear vision. Let’s do some serious things about hockey and not politics,” he remarked.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 00:50 IST