HI brings Pargat on board, gives development committee charge
Former India captain and a stern critic of Hockey India, Pargat Singh was on Saturday appointed chairman of the development committee of HI.india Updated: Dec 11, 2010 21:24 IST
Former India captain and a stern critic of Hockey India, Pargat Singh was on Saturday appointed chairman of the development committee of HI.
The decision was taken at a governing council meeting of HI in New Delhi which was also attended by Pargat among other office bearers.
Pargat will head a five to seven member committee, which is expected to be in place by December 14 when the HI officials will meet again.
HI secretary general Narinder Batra said that Pargat was chosen for the job considering his vast experience and knowledge about the game.
"In today's (Saturday) meeting we discussed many issues. We formed a development committee and named Pargat as its chairman as he is best suited for the job," Batra said.
"The committee will have like-minded five to seven members, both men and women, who will work together for the development of Indian hockey," he said.
The HI secretary also said that the issue of national team coaches and support staff was also broadly discussed in Saturday's meeting and the newly-formed development committee has been authorised to take a call on the matter.
Asked whether national coach Harendra Singh's resignation was discussed in the meeting, Batra said, "Each and everything was discussed but broadly. We only formed a base today (Saturday).
"I have been asked to personally to talk to everyone, including Harendra. But the committee will be evaluating all the candidates in fray and give their suggestion, which I will take it to Sports Authority of India."
Incidentally, the manner and circumstances under which Harendra had resigned after India lost to Malaysia in the semi-finals of Asian Games has not gone down well with some members of the federation.
The senior men's hockey team is without a coach after the Asian Games where they won the bronze medal. While national coach Harendra had tendered his resignation immediately after the country's shocking 3-4 defeat at the hands Malaysia, chief coach Brasa's contract has expired.
Four other team officials - Pradeep Datta (trainer), Shrikant (physio), Clarence Lobo (goalkeeping coach) and SK Naik (team doctor) - were also reported to have jointly resigned from their respective posts.