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Kalmadi is the dirty face of Indian sport: Pargat

Source: PTI
July 26, 2010 15:29 IST
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Barely 48 hours before the Hockey India elections, Pargat Singh launched a scathing attack on Indian Olympic Association chief Suresh Kalmadi, calling him the "dirty face of Indian sport", who is desperate to maintain control over the game's administration by interfering in the much-awaited polls.

The former India hockey captain, in the fray for the president's post at Wednesday's elections, said Kalmadi is backing an 83-year-old Vidya Stokes for the job as he is only concerned about keeping control and least bothered about the sport.

"The reason they violated the government's guidelines (on age limitation) is to field an 83-year-old lady (Stokes). Kalmadi just wants a rubber stamp. If they (the present ad-hoc Hockey India office- bearers) are elected, it won't be called Hockey India, it will be called Hockey Kalmadi," he said.

"Kalmadi is the dirty face of Indian sport. He is a destroyer. He talks of the Olympic movement but he has destroyed the Olympic institution. Such dirty people should be thrown out of sports," said Pargat.

"The Kalmadi group has a habit of poking its nose in every sports federation. Their modus operandi is to set up a parallel body in every federation and then take the matter to court. They have a battery of lawyers to fight their case," the former India full-back added.

Pargat also accused Kalmadi of fielding his own personal office staff in the Hockey India polls.

"A member of Kalmadi's personal staff, Manoj Bhore is a voter from Hockey Maharashtra. So, you can imagine what is going on. He has made a mockery of the system. He just wants to capture hockey," he said.

He also said that the present office-bearers of Hockey India have no right to reject government's assistance as it is the prerogative of the elected house.

"Who are they to tell they don't want government's assistance, it is the house to decide. What is their authenticity? If the government's recognition is not there, how can the Indian team participate in international tournaments?" Pargat asked.

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