Pargat slams IOA, HI for loopholes in WC preparation
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Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010, 18:34
New Delhi: Former captain Pargat Singh on Monday criticised IOA and Hockey India for loopholes in the World Cup preparations and said the organisers are putting country's image at stake with their substandard planning.

"I don't know who is handling all the activities. The World Cup should have been a showcase for the country but it is turning out to be a disaster. I have never seen such a bad organisation of any tournament in the world," Pargat told reporters here.

"I don't know how they are organising but nobody is willing to take responsibility. It's question of country's prestige and hockey's image. It is very unfortunate to see such arrangements for a world event. Even a local club won't have organised a tournament in such a manner," Pargat said.

Pargat also said that Indian Olympic Association chief Suresh Kalmadi should take the responsibility of the bad preparation.

"If the IOA says it is handling the World Cup, then I doubt how will they organise a massive event like Commonwealth Games. I don't know what IOA is doing till date after taking over hockey. Being the head of IOA Suresh Kalmadi should own up the responsible," added Pargat, who is also the Hockey Punjab secretary.


First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010, 18:34

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