Indian hockey team coach Terry Walsh finally resigns

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New Delhi, Nov 18: In a blow to Indian hockey team, coach Terry Walsh has quit from his service as the demands put by him were not met by the authorities. Terry Walsh told media on Tuesday that his demands were not met this time but he hopes to return to Indian hockey soon.

According to reports, Hockey India is likely to send a fresh proposal to Walsh for consideration.

Walsh, whose current contract with the Indian team will end on November 19, is expected to fly back to Australia without taking his resignation back.

The resignation of Walsh, who demanded for a salary hike, had come as a surprise for everyone as he guided India to their first Asian Games gold in 16 years. However, a day later he agreed to continue in his role provided his conditions are fulfilled by the authority.

It is reported that besides asking for more decision-making powers for himself and Oltmans, the Australian demands handpicked personnel as his support staff and more time with family in Australia.

He reportedly had also asked for 120 days of paid leave, during which, he will keep in touch with the team through video conferencing.

Earlier on November 14, a three member panel, comprising former hockey captains Ajit Pal Singh, Ashok Kumar and Zafar Iqbal, was formed to look into the demands of Terry Walsh but they could not take any decision on the issue. Another meeting was fixed by them on Monday again to look into the matter.

The panel held a meeting with Walsh, Hockey India Performance Director Roelant Oltmans and Sports Authority of India officials for over three hours but could not take a final decision.

The Chairman of the panel Ajitpal Singh has reportedly said that they had a discussion for over six hours but they failed to come to any conclusion.

(With Agency Inputs)

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