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Indian hockey team degenerates into a motley crowd of skill-less stickmen

first_imgSurjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came,Surjit Singh and Mahajan: Whose Fault?”Was I leading an Indian team in the international competitions or leading a herd of cattle?” With that bit of bitter and pointed rhetoric, Surjit Singh, captain of the Indian hockey team, announced his decision to retire from Indian hockey last fortnight.His acrimonious farewell came when the Indian team was in Patiala at a training camp, preparing for the Champions Trophy tournament to be held in June in Amsterdam, Holland. The star player’s departure came on the heels of centre-forward Sukhbir Singh Grewal’s decision to quit the international arena, and was followed by veteran winger Maharaj Kaushik’s retirement. Put together, the three goodbyes add up to the most damning indictment of the state of India’s national game in general and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) in particular.From a combination that could have once beaten the world, the Indian team has degenerated into a motley crowd of skill-less stickmen – one observer feels that only fullback and penalty corner artist Rajinder Singh would find a place in a world first eleven, or even the first twenty.Dim Prospects: Taken against the larger shambles of what was once India’s only gold medal sport, the prospects of India’s “herd of cattle” at Amsterdam appears to be of academic interest. The tournament is restricted to the world’s top six teams and India managed to find a berth because it scraped to fifth place at the World Cup in Bombay.The IHF’S decision to field a string of new faces may not pay any dividends. Among the newcomers are Punjab inside-right Jagdeep Singh, Bombay centre-half J. Carvalho, Indian Airlines right-winger Jalaluddin and Services centre-half S. Bara. Surinder Singh Sodhi takes over as captain in place of Surjit Singh.advertisementGiving fresh players a chance is all very well, but it is doubtful whether the new look team would be able to contain marauders like Rick Charlesworth of Australia and Ties Kruize of Holland. And against a Pakistani forward line in full cry – Samiullah, Manzoor, Hassan Sardar, Hanif Khan, Kaleemullah – even the best back line can falter.Dictatorial: For this deplorable state of affairs, the blame lies not so much on the players but on the IHF which appears to be playing God. Said Surjit Singh: “We are pushed around at every stage, insulted and humiliated by those who know little hockey and understand none of the finer points of the game.” He also said that IHF President Indir Mohan Mahajan was dictatorial and liked only “yes-men”.In fact, Mahajan has been coming under fire for quite some time now, for the sacking of Bhaskaran, who led India to an Olympic gold medal in Moscow in 1980, for skipping important tournaments and for trouble-ridden training camps which resulted in a number of walk-outs by players for one reason or another.Last fortnight, the controversy over IHF affairs took a serious turn when the Secretary of the Rajasthan Hockey Association, Harnek Singh, alleged at a news conference that Mahajan had flagrantly flouted IHF rules and had not summoned the federation’s annual general meeting for two years despite repeated requests. There are also other allegations of financial irregularities. Says Mati Lal former IHF treasurer who resigned last fortnight: “None of these transactions form official accounts of the federation.”The players complain that even the meagre amount of foreign exchange they are entitled to on tours abroad is sometimes not forthcoming. A member of the Indian World Cup team says: “Hockey officials spend money like lords but we don’t get enough money for our expenses.”Another player who went to Europe says: “We used to get foreign exchange which was not enough even for our laundry charges. But our officials had enough foreign exchange for shopping.” Mahajan refused to comment, and said: “I will place my views in the executive meetings. I have nothing to hide. I can account for each and every paisa spent by me.”But the players who have done thankless duty for India are not very impressed. Says Surjit Singh: “If the present situation continues, there will be no good players in this country. Even now. with 685 million people, it is a matter of shame that we don-t have more than two players for each position.”He adds: “I would advise youngsters in India no’ to play hockey as there is no future in it. They should rather play cricket. I myself have spent a lifetime in hockey but have got nothing out of it. The politics in hockey has ruined it.” The stench can no longer be ignored.advertisementlast_img read more