New Delhi: Former captain Pargat Singh
reckons that the sex scandal that rocked Indian women`s
hockey, involving coach MK Kauchik, could have been avoided if
a strong administrative set up had been in place.
Pargat was of the view that the scandal occurred only
because of admintrative lapses and the problem further
compounded because of Hockey India`s unprofessional handling
of the matter.
"Everything happened because of loose administration and
later Hockey India handled the matter in a childish manner.
They were not at all professional in their approach," said the
former India full-back, who is contesting for the president`s
post against Vidya Stokes in Wednesday`s HI election.
"I feel the Indian Olympic Association should have taken
up the matter instead of Hockey India. A redressal cell,
comprising an independent person with a legal mind should have
been set up to take note of the players` complaints," he
Indian hockey plunged into a crisis last week when a
fringe player Ranjita Devi sent a written complaint to Hockey
India, alleging sexual harassment against coach Kaushik.
In her complaint, Ranjita alleged that Kaushik had asked
for sexual favours and used vulgar language during a recent
Canada and China tour.
Even though he resigned from the job, Kaushik maintained
that he was innocent and was a victim of conspiracy.
HI also sacked videographer Basavraj whose photographs
with prostitutes during the recent Canada and China tour were
also sent to the national body through an anonymous e-mail.