Sunday, Sep 25, 2022
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A Pass Towards Light

The brooding malignancy is out. Now we can focus on the hockey.

A Pass Towards Light
A Pass Towards Light
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Watching IHF secretary K. Jyothikumaran accepting bribes to select a player in the squad was unbelievable—but very clear sound and picture quality lent it credence. Yet, Jyothikumaran insists he's innocent, which is nothing but laughable. The dismal state Indian hockey is in has its roots in this corruption. How can a team perform when there is such fraud in selection itself? How can it not affect the morale of the team and the deserving players who could not make it? India had been suffering from this problem for 14 years.

Though the TV sting operation was the catalyst, the fact is that pressure had been building up against the corrupt, arrogant and authoritarian rule of K.P.S. Gill and Jyothikumaran. The identity of Indian hockey had been weakened, its existence threatened. In sport, the players must be the stars but in Indian hockey, some administrators had usurped that role. They became the face of Indian hockey, and not a very charming face. There was a good period in Indian hockey, in the early 2000s, but that opportunity was wasted. Players were selected and then axed with no apparent reason. Coaches were appointed and removed without reasonable explanations.

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