Kaushik remains women’s hockey coach, to join Bangalore camp

September 20th, 2008 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Maharaj Krishan Kaushik will remain the coach of the women’s hocky team - or so it appears - for the time being. He will be joining the women’s camp in Bangalore after reporting to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Monday on deputation from the Haryana government. After the ad-hoc committee set up by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to manage hockey affairs in the country selected Kaushik as the coach till the 2010 Asian Games earlier in the week, the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation (IWHF) made no secret of their displeasure, saying that Kaushik had been contracted to manage the women’s team till 2012 London Olympics and it was unfair to name him as men’s team coach.

IWHF secretary Amrit Bose told IANS here Saturday that she has been informed that Kaushik has agreed to join the women’s camp in Bangalore at the earliest after reporting to the SAI.

“I have been informed by the IWHF technical director (Olympian M P Ganesh) that Kaushik has agreed to join the camp as early as possible,” said Bose even as she expressed surprise at the ad hoc committee’s decision not only to appoint Kaushik as men’s coach but also saying that it would appoint another coach for the women’s team.

Bose said as far as the IWHF was concerned, there was no confusion or doubt about Kaushik’s locus standi as it was her federation that got him on deputation from the Haryana government and he was honour-bound to work with the women’s team.

Ganesh, who was in Delhi Saturday to sort out the issue, confirmed that Kaushik had agreed to join the Bangalore camp.

“All issues concerning Kaushik’s continuance with the women’s team have been sorted out and he will join the Bangalore camp,” Ganesh said.

Bose said the members of the ad-hoc committee should have known that it was decided at the sports ministry’s steering committee meeting last month that Kaushik would continue as women’s coach and it was baffling how he could be named the men’s coach without even talking to her federation.

Kaushik, on his part, would not say anything except that he would be reporting to SAI Monday and it was for his new employer to decide how and where to utilise his services.

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