Gill portends a gloomy future for Indian hockey
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Gill portends a gloomy future for Indian hockey

The IHF President feels appointing a foreign coach could revive the team's performance in the upcoming Asian Games.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 23:53 IST

Indian Hockey Federation President KPS Gill on Wednesday admitted the standard of hockey in the country had deteriorated and appointing a foreign coach to revive the game could be considered based on the team's performance in the upcoming Asian Games.

"No doubt that the standard of Indian hockey has deteriorated but IHF is making efforts to revive it and even appointment of foreign coach can be considered if we do not perform well in the forthcoming Asian Games," said Gill, who was here to watch the National Hockey Championship.

"The IHF could not bear the expenses of a foreign coach at present due to financial crunch in the IHF," he added.

The IHF President also said there was lack of exceptional talent in the country, especially in the Punjab, known for producing hockey greats.

"In case of Punjab, which was known as the nursery of Indian hockey, new talent was lacking due to unavailability of required number of astroturfs.

"We should have at least one astroturf in each district to get back the status of Punjab in hockey," he said.

"Lack of astroturf in the country is one of the main reason for deterioration of the game," Gill said, adding that there were plans to lay 14 more astroturfs across the country.

Gill also disclosed a talent hunt would be launched in the country to trace potential players, apart from Punjab, which had turned into just a "pond of Indian hockey with a few frogs".

He said the team felt the Sandeep Singh's absence in the World Cup and it might feel so again in the Asian Games.

First Published: Nov 01, 2006 23:53 IST