India must change system in Hockey: Negi

KOLKATA, Aug 28:
Former India goalkeeper Mir Ranjan Negi  today blasted the prevailing system in Indian hockey saying only scientific and methodical training at grass roots can salvage country’s sporting glory.
‘No one can, even a high profile imported foreign coach is sure to fail if he is asked to mould a player of 25 years into world standard,’ Negi, while blaming the whole system told a seminar on ‘ Can Indian Hockey regains its lost glory,’ organised by Bengal Hockey Association.
‘ The whole system needed to be changed and hockey has to reach to schools for grooming players there or else India’s ignominous performance would continue to follow,’ Negi, who involved himself with the development of the 2007 hit film, Chak de India, said.
‘Can you imagine a irony of player like Dhanraj Pillai, who appeared in four Olympics, but could make into semifinals, while many European players won medals more than once,’ Negi maintained, while hitting at the core of prevailing system.
He also lambasted at the optimistic views of the coaches, officials, players, and many others to do better in the ‘next’ after going through misearably in a particular  tournament.
‘Proper planning is not there like fixing a particular deficiency or improving a particular area,’ Negi said adding, ‘We have a defender for past four years in the national team. (UNI)

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