In a not so surprising statement, former Indian captain, Dhanraj Pillay has said India doesn’t require any foreign coach or trainer. Adding to that he said the International Hockey Federation (FIH) should stop meddling in Indian hockey.
Pillay was in New Delhi to attend the press conference of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and while speaking to NNIS Sports, he said, “There should not be any role of FIH in the new federation. I don’t think so that we need any more foreign coaches. We don’t want any CEO. We have some good trainers. I am as fit as I was a few years back. So we don’t want any foreign trainers or coaches.”
Pillay, a four-Olympic veteran had retired after the 2004 Athens Olympics. The legendary player also requested the Sports Minister to solve the vexing problem of two federations trying to run hockey in the country.
“I would request the Sports Minister Ajay Maken to solve this problem. He should dissolve both the federations for the betterment of Indian hockey. Already three to four meeting have been held but I think he should take the last meeting and a final decision should be taken by the government of India. Whoever it is should be a neat and clean federation. It’s because of the players that federations run. So if you don’t get players how are you going to run the federation?”
Pillay believes the reason behind the London debacle was solely wrong selection and leaving out the World Series Hockey players. “I think all are responsible. First it is the federation (Hockey India) because I think 8 to 10 players of WSH were so good that they could be included in the Indian team. Just before the games, players like Arjun Halappa, Vikram Pillay and Rajpal Singh were thrown out.”