Gill must own responsibility and quit: Malik

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Chandigarh, Mar 21 (UNI) Expressing deep concern for eight-time Olympic champions India failing to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, manager of the victorious 1998 Asian games, Dr Mohinder Singh Malik, has asked Indian Hockey Federation President K P S Gill to own responsibility, quit and hand over the reign to a democratically elected IHF chief.

Pained at India's dismal performance in the recently concluded Olympic Qualifiers, Dr Malik, who is also secretary general of the Haryana Olympic Association, said ''I have personally nothing against Mr Gill.

However, the IHF president should take full responsibility for the downfall of Indian hockey and resign immediately in the interest of hockey, he said.

''Mr Gill was the most successful General in a war against terrorism. However, in a democratically-run institution, views of others must be given due importance. Single command would prove fatal. Mr Gill does not entertain contradictory views,'' opined Dr Malik, president of the Haryana Hockey Association.

Dr Malik also claimed that he would get the country a gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games, if complete charge was given to him.

Reminiscing about 1998 Asian games, he said, ''It was after 32 long years that India regained glory in the Asian Games in Bangkok.

I managed and supervised the things as the situation arose in Bangkok. The players remained disciplined. They were taken for a grand party only after entering final. After the party was over, the players were brought back to their hotel. It was only after winning the final that the players were allowed to go for shopping.'' ''The role of the chief coach M K Kaushik and coach Mir Ranjan Negi was highly appreciable. They played like a unit,'' recalled Dr Malik.

Asked to explain his scheme if given charge of the Indian hockey team, former Director General of Police, Haryana, Dr Malik said, ''I will launch the IHF Gold Policy. Introduction of paid professionals will be introduced.

''All selectors, coaches, sports psychologist, sports medicine expert and physio etc would be suitably paid so that accountability is fixed,'' said Dr Malik.


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