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Pillay to retire after Athens Games

August 24, 2004 12:33 IST
Last Updated: August 24, 2004 16:33 IST

Mercurial striker and four-time Olympian Dhanraj Pillay will retire after the Athens Games, India's chief coach Gerhard Rach said in Athens on Tuesday.

Rach said two senior players are in line to hang their boots once the Games conclude.

Asked specifically if Pillay is one of them, he said, "Yes. I have been told that he will retire after the Olympics."

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The German coach, whose tactics have been criticised by Pillay and Prabhjot Singh, said he is not worried about what lies in store for the Indian team, who have had a disastrous show at the Games with just one win from five matches.

"Right now we have the Olympics at hand. We will worry about the future later but I know for sure that two senior players will retire after the Games."

Asked whether the second player is Baljit Singh Dhillon, he laughed and said, "You seem to know everything."

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Sub: no politics please!! This is sports

Until and unless politics is not going to be out of sports, Indian sports is going to face many demise destiny in future where the ...

Posted by Anup Nathani

Sub: thank you dhanraj

Dhanraj, for India's sake, please leave. the team will be much better off without losers like you and Baljit. You put your personal ego ahead ...

Posted by Sandeep

Sub: Pillay to retire

This is going to to good for Indian team.

Posted by Raj

Sub: Dhanraj..

Dhanraj, the player, is very successfull. But his success is marred by controversaries. The selection of coaches by indian selection commitee and india hockey federetion ...

Posted by Srinivas

Sub: Dhanraj Pillay plans retirement

Its high time Dhanraj Pillay realised that he is no longer the key personality in the performance of Indian Hockey. His presence or absence has ...

Posted by Sandeep SAwant


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