New Delhi: Barely 48 hours before the Hockey
India elections, Pargat Singh on Monday launched a scathing attack
on IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi, calling him the "dirty face of
Indian sports" who is desperate to maintain control over the
game`s administration by interfering in the much-awaited
The former India captain, in fray for the President`s
post in the elections on Wednesday, said Kalmadi is backing an
83-year-old Vidya Stokes for the job as he is only concerned
about keeping his control and least bothered about the sport.
"The reason they violated the government`s guidelines (on
age limitation) is to field an 83-year-old lady (Stokes).
Kalmadi just wants a rubber stamp. If they (the present ad-hoc
HI office bearers) are elected, it won`t be called Hockey
India, it will be called Hockey Kalmadi," he said.
"Kalmadi is the dirty face of Indian sports. He is a
destroyer. He talks of the Olympic movement but he has
destroyed the Olympic institution. Such dirty people should be
thrown out of sports," said Pargat.
"The Kalmadi group has a habit of poking its nose in
every sports federation. Their modus operandi is to set up a
parallel body in every federation and then take the matter to
the court. They have a battery of lawyers to fight their
case," the former India full-back added.
Pargat also accused Kalmadi of fielding his own personal
office staffs in the HI polls.
"A member of Kalmadi`s personal staff, Manoj Bhore is a
voter from Hockey Maharashtra. So, you can imagine what is
going on. He has made a mockery of the system. He just wants
to capture hockey," he said.
He also said that the present office-bearers of HI have
no right to reject government`s assistance as it is the
prerogative of the elected house.
"Who are they to tell they don`t want government`s
assistance, it is the house to decide. What is their
authenticity? If the government`s recognition is not there,
how can the Indian team participate in international
tournaments?" Pargat asked.
"They should keep in mind that it is not their personal
team, it is a national team," Pargat stated.
"In the last two years, the government has given Rs 13
crore to hockey but nobody knows where this money has been
spent," he added.
Pargat said he decided to foray into hockey`s
administration only to revive the national game, which is in a
mess for the past two years.
"Enough is enough. For the last two years hockey has
suffered. There were only divisions within the game but I will
do whatever is possible to unite hockey," Pargat said.
"If you don`t bring positive faces, how will you promote
hockey? If good faces come, money will automatically come into
"I don`t have financial power like them, neither do I
have the muscle power but what I have is a noble intention.
The government is open to sit and discuss. If I get elected I
will do whatever is best for the sport," he said.
"I have a plan for hockey`s development. I want to bring
in a coaching system, umpiring system, short and long-term
planning will be there, a proper domestic structure will be
set up. A calender will be there and every aspect of the game
will be looked after," Pargat added.