Brasa insists on qualified physio, trainer and tenure till 2012

January 17th, 2009 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Spaniard Jose Brasa Saturday spelt out the terms and conditions for becoming India’s hockey coach. He had put it in black and white to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), underscoring the appointment of a highly qualified physiotherapist and trainer.As revealed to IANS Friday, Brasa also insisted on a fixed tenure, till at least the 2012 London Olympics.

The Spaniard rounded-off his three-day visit to Delhi by broadly hinting at the steps needed to rejuvenate Indian hockey.

“I have listed everything, from remuneration and the support staff to technical equipment required to do a perfect job,” he told IANS before leaving for home Saturday night.

The IOA ad hoc committee will go through Brasa’s wishlist before going to the Department of Sports for approval.

“The IOA officials said that I should wait for their e-mail,” said Brasa.

“I would need a qualified physical trainer and a physiotherapist either from Spain or any other country. The officials agreed that it would be difficult to find qualified physios and trainers in India. The players need to be imparted scientific training and I have already made a presentation on that.”

The coach said the rest of the team like assistant coaches and strategists can be from India.

“I am ready to work with whoever the Indian hockey officials choose. I have a great respect for the Indian expertise in hockey and I will be too happy to take their inputs.”

“My idea of asking a tenure till 2012 Olympics is that the kind of work I am visualising cannot be done in a short time.”

About the pay package and perks, Brasa reiterated that he was not looking at it as a major factor in the deal.

“It (money) is not a concern at all. I have told the IOA officials that I am more interested in having a proper system and homogeneous people to work with.”

“Going by the way the meetings have gone through, I am positive I will get an opportunity to work with the Indian hockey team,” he signed off.

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