What are so many Indian officials doing in Beijing?(Diary)

August 10th, 2008 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS  

By V.Krishnaswamy
Beijing, Aug 10 (IANS) Just about every Indian sports official is here in Beijing. If they are not already here, they are on their way. They are all staying in hotels, all of which have unpronounceable Chinese names, prompting everybody to carry the name and address of the hotels in Chinese script. What these Indians doing here? Well some are observers, which means nothing, some others say they do liaison work for some federation or the other. Then there are those who are part of a delegation which is studying how to run a Games so that their experience comes in handy at the time of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Apparently, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee had sent a delegation some months ago, just to book hotel room for all these people.

That sure is great planning for a trip, but one wonders if similar thought went into preparing the teams for the Olympic Games?


No Indian on podium, but an Indian gives away the medals

There may have been no Indian on the podium in the trap shooting competition, but an Indian did give away the medals. After morning’s disappointment of seeing neither Mansher Singh nor Manavjit Singh, make the final, Randhir Singh, the only Indian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was given the honour of presenting the medals after the event.

“It does feel nice, but it would have been nicer if there was an Indian among them,” said Randhir, who represented India at six Olympic Games from 1964 to 1984. “Interestingly I was asked to give away the medals at the Double Trap in 2004 when Rajyavardhan Rathore took the silver.”


India still occupies hockey mindspace

The Indians may be missing from the hockey competition at the Beijing Olympic Games, but their name does keep cropping up every now and then. The International body for hockey, FIH, is meeting here to discuss the conduct and the formation of the working committee for the 2010 World Cup which has been allotted to India.

India has also been allotted the first Asian Champions trophy to be held in 2009 and they have also been given the option of choosing either 2011 or 2012 Champions Trophy. The Indian Olympic Association, which is currently looking after the affairs of the Indian Hockey Federation, is said to have opted for 2012, as it is the year of London Olympics.

And yes, the Indians have also asked the FIH to shortlist names of some coaches, but the IOA is clear that it wants an Indian as a National Coach and foreign expert as Technical Advisor.


Coach on ‘watch-and-learn’ trip

IOA has sent four hockey officials/coaches to ‘watch and learn’ from other teams at these Games. The four here are A.K.Bansal, M.K.Kaushik, Harinder Singh and A. B. Subbaiah.

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