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Hockey coach Brasa dismisses revolt reports

Source: PTI
November 19, 2009 18:54 IST
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India's hockey coach Jose Brasa dismissed reports of a players' revolt against him and ruled out quitting his job over the issue.

Although Indian hockey circles are abuzz with the news of a revolt by some disgruntled senior players, the Spaniard claimed he enjoys the support of all his wards.

"All the reports of the players' revolt are false. They do not have even an iota of truth. I have good relations with the players and my association with Indian hockey would be for a longer period," Brasa said from Pune.

According to reports, some senior players, including former captain Sandeep Singh, unhappy with the Brasa's style of functioning, had shot off a letter to Hockey India in this regard.

The incident forced HI president A K Mattoo to dash off to Pune to take stock of the situation. The players have assembled at the Baelwadi Sports Complex there for a preparatory camp ahead of next month's Champions Challenge tournament in Argentina.

Asked whether he spoke with the players about the reported revolt, Brasa said, "I don't need to talk to them because I am with them 24 hours and I know what they think about me."

Brasa also said no Hockey India official has spoken with him on the issue.

"No one has approached me as yet and no one has asked for any clarification and explanation," he added.

Already unhappy with the slow pace with which Sports Authority of India works, Brasa also criticised the way Indian hockey players are being treated at the ongoing camp.

"I have complained many a time about the food menu for the players and no one seems to be listening. Players are getting almost same type of food everyday. The chicken given to them is no more than bones. I don't understand this.

"I have prepared a menu for the players but no one follows that. I don't understand when things will change," he fumed.

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