Sher Khan's replacement to pop up fresh controversy

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New Delhi, Jul 31 (UNI) Just when the Indian hockey looked to be heading in the right direction, a fresh controversy seized the national game when Aslam Sher Khan was replaced by Ajitpal Singh as the new ad-hoc selection committee chairman, a decision which was largely motivated by continous pressure from former and current hockey players.

Former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan, who spearheaded a relentless campaign against the KPS Gill regime, was appointed the chairman of the ad-hoc selection committee merely three months ago but his replacement is just not a policy which many in the IOA would describe as a rotation plolicy.

If sources close to the IOA and the selection committee are to be believed, all is not fine within the organisation as the past three months have seen a good amount of improvement in the Indian hockey.

''The team has done fairly well under Aslam Sher Khan and there was no urgency to replace him,'' a source said on the condition of anonymity.

''Many of the former Olympians were pressing on to replace him as Ajitpal Singh stands at a more senior level to him,'' he added.

Khan had a fair idea about the decision that was taken here today in a meeting that was attended by all the members from the ad-hoc committee and concerened IOA officials and therefore, he decided to stay away from it.

''Yes, he was invited but he did not come,'' IOA president Suresh Kalmadi replied when queried about Aslam Sher Khan's presence in the meeting.

The source further pointed out on the loopholes that are still there in the management of the game in the country.

''The players have not been playing for quite some time and non qualification for the Beijing Olympics would mean more idle time for them.

''But since the time the ad-hoc committee has been formed, we get to know about so many brainstorming meetings, but till now, there has been no discussion on the training camps for the players,'' he added.

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