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Pillay lashes out at IHF

September 02, 2004 21:58 IST

Humiliated by the treatment meted out to him at the Athens Olympics, mercurial hockey player Dhanraj Pillay lashed out at the Indian Hockey Federation and demanded changes in the system to save the game.

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The 36-year-old veteran of four Olympics expressed unhappiness with the functioning of IHF chief K P S Gill and said will not to play for the country until the present scenario changes.

"I will play for the country but not in the present system. The system has to be changed if the national game has to prosper," said Pillay, in an interview to Sahara Samay television channel.

"If the IHF president had come and just congratulated me on my 16 years of national service, I would have felt happy.

"Now I think I should have played cricket and not hockey," the most-capped Indian player was quoted as saying by the channel in a statement from New Delhi.

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Number of User Comments: 11

Sub: why are the beaurocrats in charge ?

why are these leeches in charge ? jaganmohan dalmiya, kpsgill... and such leeches ,making merry at the nations cost. if the team loses, the plyers ...

Posted by rayker

Sub: Congragulate Pillai for Your Service

Hi, India hockey seem to be best team in the world. Now a days looking at the performance of the team. I feel very shameful ...

Posted by Amit

Sub: Another Excuse !!

I dont understand what is dhanraj pillay upto !! Sometimes he says they lost because of Coaches, because of IHF chief, because of the system ...

Posted by Tushar

Sub: showing his frustration

Hi Folks !!! i feel Pillay is just showing his frustration ...we all saw how incompetent he was during Athens ..He seems to have mastered ...

Posted by sunny

Sub: WHO IS GILL IN HOCKEY? he should be removed from the job!

who is this gill regarding the hockey? We must respect him for his service in police but i he has nothing to do with hockey. ...

Posted by SAKTHI



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