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IHF sacks coach Rajinder Singh

July 19, 2004 15:41 IST
Last Updated: July 19, 2004 17:45 IST

With less than a month to go for the Olympic Games, the Indian Hockey Federation sacked chief coach Rajinder Singh on Monday without assigning any reason.

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The surprise decision comes despite the Indian team finishing a
creditable second in the four-nation tournament in Dusseldorf, where it beat France and Great Britain and held Germany to a 3-3 draw in its concluding match on Sunday.

A member of India's Moscow Olympics gold medal-winning team and coach of the 2001 juniorWorld Cup-winning team, Rajinder was appointed coach of the senior India team in April 2002 after C R Kumar, in charge of the team after Cedric D'Souza was unceremoniously sacked midway through the 10th senior World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, declined to take up the job.

IHF sources in Germany, where the team is training, said Gerhard Rach of Germany willtake over aschief coach with immediate effect.

The sources said the decision to sackRajinderwas taken byIHF president K P S Gill after consultations with the selectors and panel of coaches.

While Rach, who was serving as assistant to Rajinder, has been elevated, Oliver Kurtz, also of Germany,and former Olympian Jagbir Singh will continue as assistant coaches.

TheIHF alsoappointed Hardeep Singh Dhillon asmanager of the team and retainedSaju Joseph astrainer for the Athens Olympics.

While Jagbir was appointed only early this month in place of junior coach Harinder Singh, who guided India to the junior Asia Cup triumph earlier this year, the Germans were appointed in May.

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Sub: IHF sacks coach Rajinder Singh

It would seem that the IHF as a body is pretty arbitrary in its functioning. First it was the public spat between manage and captain ...

Posted by Shankar Srinivasan

Sub: thank god!

Thank God the 'dividing' sardar is done away with. This is one of the very few good decisions the IHF has taken, the other ones ...

Posted by Sandeep

Sub: Hockey tragedy

How about sacking Mr. Gill for once !! If the coach can be fired if he does not deliver, how about sacking Mr. Gill. He ...

Posted by Jaydeep Deshpande

Sub: Good One

Good decision at last.

Posted by Paul

Sub: Goodbye Rajinder!

Excellent decision by IHF,even though the decision is too late. Even Gill has to go. Now the players can concentrate on hockey and not petty ...

Posted by Muralidhar Rao



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