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Confusion over Ric Charlesworth's role

New Delhi, Mar 19 (UNI) Confusion and uncertanity prevailed over the role of FIH nominee Ric Charlesworth as the beleagured Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) officials spent the whole day to sort out his exact role with the senior men's team here today.

According to sources, the IHF, despite adopting a tough posture, is aware of the pitfalls in case Charlesworth's role is not defined as early as possible because the FIH's excecutive board is meeting on March 25 in which it is likely to take decision whether to stay put with New Delhi as 2010 World Cup venue or change it.

''This is a real danger, it seems a couple of countries have now shown intrest for hosting this event, one of which is Spain which had hosted the first edition of the World Cup in Barcelona in 1971,'' the sources added.

Sources told UNI that Chrlesworth may be offered post of ''expert coach'' of the men's senior team but till this evening this could not be confirmed.

Charlesworth has made it very clear that he will like to be associated with the senior national team and will not settle for coaching only the U-21 and U-19 teams.

There is a section in the IHF which is against giving Ric Charlesworth a bigger role in the hockey affairs of the country alleging that he is being imposed on it by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

IHF chief KPS Gill, secretary K Jothikumaran, chief coach J Carvalho, Karnataka hockey association official Krishnamurthy, IWHF secretary Amrit Bose, Chandigarh Hockey Association boss Chandershekher, SAI's PC Kashyap and others officials were involved in a day long discussions.

Later, Ric Charlesworth and FIH official Bob Davidzon also joined the parleys and after staying for more than three hours inside the IHF chief's official residence, where the meeting took place, left without talking to the media.

Meanwhile, coach Carvalho has said that,''What ever is good for Indian hockey we should all accept that.'' He, however, refused to comment whether he has been asked to continue as the coach of the national team by Mr Gill.


Story first published: Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 20:37 [IST]
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