Former hockey coach condemns Nobbs appointment

Jalandhar: Former national coach Rajinder Singh has strongly condemned the appointment of Australian Michael Jack Nobbs as the chief coach of Indian men`s hockey team, saying the selection is neither in favour of the players nor in the interest of the sport in the country.

Rajinder, who coached the Indian team for little over two years since his inception in April 2002, said the selection of Nobbs was against the tradition and culture of hockey in India and his appointment would not do any good to the struggling sport.

"We always had hold on the Olympics. We have several great and experienced players. They (the administrators) have overlooked all those names and have forced upon the players a coach who is just the opposite of the tradition and culture in India," Rajinder told reporters.

The Olympian was baffled by the move as he felt there are a number of eminent former players in the country who could have donned the responsibility.

"Could the hockey administrators not find a person from India, which has won eight Olympic gold medals rather than importing an Australian for the job," asked Rajinder, who was forced to resign from his job following lack of support from the administrators.

Nobbs was yesterday appointed the coach of the national men`s team for an unprecedented five-year period, thus becoming the fourth foreigner to take up the mantle of reviving Indian hockey.


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