Paul Van Ass not sacked, final decision to be taken on July 24: Narinder Batra
Clearing the air in the Paul Van Ass' saga, Hockey India (HI) President Narindra Batra on Tuesday said that the coach was yet not sacked and the decision regarding his fate would be taken in a meeting scheduled for July 24.
New Delhi: Clearing the air in the Paul Van Ass' saga, Hockey India (HI) President Narindra Batra on Tuesday said that the coach was yet not sacked and the decision regarding his fate would be taken in a meeting scheduled for July 24.
Speaking to an English news channel, Batra said that van Ass hadn't been sacked and post the performance evaluation meeting, if the committee decides to call him back, Dutchman would do that.
The development comes in after the two had an altercation during the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final after India's quarter-final win over Malaysia in Antwerp on July 1.
HI on Sunday had set up a special committee to evaluate the performance of the national teams in the HWL Semi-Finals.
Batra also added that the issue regarding him talking to the players on the ground has been talked about a lot. Narrating the incident, Batra said that the match was over and one of the officials asked him to speak to the players. He then asked Paul Van Ass whether he could do so, to which the Dutchman agreed. But before he could conclude, Ass intervened and there was a spat between the two of them.
Van Ass, who was appointed on January 30, earlier this year, was supposed to join the Indian team which is undergoing a fitness camp at SAI centre in Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh. But the Dutchman did not return to take charge of the camp, saying HI had not sent him the air ticket.
Responding to Van Ass' claims, Batra said that it wasn't true and he showed the print out of a ticket which was sent to the Dutchman on July 9.
Batra concluded by saying that couple of players went to apologise to him for Ass' behaviour, to which he asked them not to bother and focus on the next game.
The statement has come a day after Ass confirmed news of his sacking by telling mediapersons, “I have been fired by Hockey India.”
With Van Ass's future in doubt, a senior member of the national team said at the end of the day it's the players who suffer the most in the frequent change of coaches.
"It (Change of coaches) definitely affects us. It affects our training, our performance, our preparation (for Rio Olympics). It takes time for players to build rapport with a coach. It takes time to understand and then adapt to a coach's style. So, if the chief coach is changed frequently every other day it is bound to affect our performance," a senior member of the national team told PTI.