Melbourne: The Indian hockey team`s former
technical adviser and current Australia coach Ric Charlesworth
today lambasted the Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers,
calling them "crazy" and "disrespectful" for scheduling
matches in the middle of the day.
"We will have to play in very hot weather with 16
players, it`s nuts and I find it extraordinary," Charlesworth
told the Australian Associated Press (AAP).
"They wouldn`t run the marathon in the middle of the day
- it is crazy and disrespectful," he added.
Charlesworth had a controversy-ridden tenure with the
Indian hockey team and walked out of the job after a major
stand-off with the administrators there.
The highly-rated Aussie, who guided his country to the
World Cup title earlier this year, said given the scheduling
of the Games, his players would be forced to slog it out in
the punishing Delhi heat.
"My experience (of Delhi) has not been good, the grounds
will be fine, but the problem is we will be playing in the
middle of the day and that is unfair," he said.
"Who knows how the people who organise these things
think, it is OK if you are playing netball inside but not for
our sport," he said.
Charlesworth said he would have to make selection
adjustments due to the scheduling of matches.
"We have had to make adjustments to our selection process
for the Commonwealth Games because of the conditions and in my
opinion that is wrong and it does a disservice to the game and