Azhar blames federation for hockey`s poor state
New Delhi: Former cricketer and Congress MP from Moradabad, Mohammad Azharuddin has held the `vested interests` in the national federation responsible for Indian hockey`s poor state.
"Their (hockey federation`s) intention should be that the game of hockey goes up. They should not have any vested interest. Once you have vested interests the game will suffer and the players will also suffer," Azharuddin said, at a panel discussion on `Vision of India-The Road Ahead`, organised by a social body.
Apart from Azharuddin, others who expressed their views on the occassion included Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangama, Congress MP Naveen Jindal, NCP MP Supriya Sule and BJD MP Baijayant Jay Panda.
The former India skipper said there should not be any infighting in the hockey federation and it should ensure good facilities and opportunities to the players.
"Hockey now a days is played in astroturf but in our country we don`t have many astroturfs," Azharuddin said.
He was of the view that in India hockey and football players are very skillful but they lack "endurance".
"We have a lot of skills in games like hockey and football, but we do not possess that kind of stamina. The endurance is not there. It`s not going to help, unless and until we do it from the school level," he said.
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