Hockey selection panel member resigns
Alleging large-scale irregularities in management of hockey in country, Aslam Sher Khan resigned on 'moral grounds'.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 14:15 IST
Alleging large-scale irregularities in management of hockey in country, Aslam Sher Khan today resigned as Indian Hockey Federation's selection committee member and as chairman of its Youth Development and infrastructure wing on "moral grounds".
"Retired bureaucrats and polticians have grabbed important posts in the IHF causing large-scale irregularities. Selection committee has become reduntant as the team is changed minutes before it departs for a tournament," Khan told reporters.
Circulating copies of his resignation sent to IHF General Secretary K Jothikumaran, the former Olympian said it was an unfortunate state of affairs as players from Punjab were being given preference against better ones from places like Bhopal, Jhansi and Mumbai.
Holding those managing Indian hockey responsible for its downfall, he said for a new beginning the country needed a full-time coach and an independent selection committee, rather than the existing one which was reduced to an "advisory body".
To a query, Khan supported the notion of a foreign coach, saying "a non-Indian coach would not be influenced by allurement."
First Published: Mar 29, 2006 14:15 IST