Charlesworth appointed technical advisor

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New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) The suspense over Ric Charlesworth's role in Indian hockey has finally been sorted out as the Australian was appointed as the technical advisor of the senior men's team today .

After a series of meetings, the IHF and Sports Ministry have finally agreed to Charlesworth's demands that he will work with senior men's team.

According to sources the details of the contract have been finalised but it is yet to be signed.

''The contract has been finalised according to which Charlesworth will work as the technical advisor and will also be appointed as an expert coach with teams at all levels,'' the source said.

Earlier, Charlesworth had made it very clear that he will not settle for coaching the U-21 and U-19 teams and would like to be associated with the senior team.

The IHF was under some pressure to finalise Charlesworth's role as early as possible because the FIH's excecutive board is meeting on March 25 in which it is likely to take decision whether to stay put with New Delhi as 2010 World Cup venue or change it.

Sources close to UNI had earlier revealed, ''This is a real danger, it seems a couple of countries have now shown interest for hosting this event, one of which is Spain which had hosted the first edition of the World Cup in Barcelona in 1971.'' UNI RAR MP DB2131

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