Harendra Singh removed as coach of India Senior Men's hockey team
Hockey India removed Harendra Singh as the coach of Indian senior men’s team on Wednesday. According to the press release, the decision was taken after a meeting of Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee on Monday, which was attended by Chairman Dr. RP Singh and members including Olympians Harbinder Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali. The release stated that Singh was given back the charge of the Junior Men’s team, “with a vision and emphasis on building a strong player base ahead of the 2021 Junior World Cup and the 2020, 2024 Olympic Games.”
The body further invited applications for the position of the Chief coach of the Men’s Hockey Senior team which will be returning to the training camp in February 2019 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup starting from March 23, 2019. The release said that Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello will be overseeing the team in the interim.
Under Singh, India managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Hockey World Cup, after topping in the group stage. But the side failed to make it into the semifinals after going down 2-1 against the Netherlands. After the defeat, Singh had slammed the referees at the press conference. “My warrior team can only fight 11 vs 11. But not 13 vs 11,” he had said.
Singh was reprimanded later by International Hockey Federation for his conduct. As per the release, the FIH Technical Delegate held Singh guilty of breaching Level 1, 2.2 k of Code of Conduct which deals with “public criticism of, or inappropriate public comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Participant or team participating in any International Match or FIH, generally, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made”.
(To be continued…)