Terry Walsh resigns as India`s hockey coach over pay dispute, blames sporting bureaucracy

India's hockey coach Terry Walsh resigns over pay dispute

New Delhi, Oct 21: India’s hockey coach, Terry Walsh, who guided the team to clinch gold medal in the recently concluded Asian Games in Incheon, has resigned due to pay dispute.

Terry Walsh has reportedly blamed sporting bureaucracy for his abrupt decision.

In a letter dated October 19, India’s hockey coach wrote to Jiji Thomson, Director General Sports Authority of India, stating: “I am finding considerable difficulty adjusting to the decision making style of the sporting bureaucracy in India which I believe, in the long term, is not in the best interests of Indian hockey or its players.

His letter further expressed: “In addition to my difficulties with not being able to professionally operate within these bureaucratic confines I am not willing to continue with the constant time away from my family in Australia. My current commitment places too much stress on my personal life.”

A newspaper report said that Walsh’s contract officially expires on November 19, well ahead of FIH Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar from December 6-14.

Walsh, former Australian player, joined the Indian men hockey team’s coach in 2013 after the departure of Michael Nobbs. He was a part of Australia’s silver-winning team in 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The report adds that Australia won Commonwealth Games in 1998, Champions Trophy in 1999 and an Olympic bronze in 2000 under his guidance. Walsh also worked as head coach of the Netherlands hockey team that won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

It may be noted that Walsh is a recognised International Hockey Federation (FIH) Master Coach.

(With Agency Inputs)

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