Indian hockey coach resigns, withdraws resignation

The Indian National hockey team coach, Terry Walsh, withdrew his earlier tendered resignation.

Resignation by Walsh

Walsh tendered his resignation as the coach stating bureaucratic hassles, non-payment of dues and his own family commitments as reasons contributing to the decision. He questioned the decision-making process of the bureaucrats given the responsibility of regulating Indian sports. He also mentioned the difficulty in working with the SAI (Sports Authority of India) and HI (Hockey India).

Withdrawal of resignation

Later, Walsh agreed to put his resignation on hold till November 19, when he expects the SAI to implement some of its proposed solutions. After evaluating the changes, he is expected to make a final decision on his resignation.
The withdrawal of Walsh’s resignation gives the authorities the opportunity to address his grievances. According to his contract, Walsh can choose to return to his position one month from the date he tenders his resignation, if both parties can reach an understanding.

Submission of report

The Union Sports Minister has asked his department secretary and the SAI to submit a report on Walsh’s resignation within 24 hours.

Crucial juncture

Walsh’s resignation comes at a crucial time for the Indian hockey team which requires a coach to prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Under Walsh’s guidance, the Indian hockey team won the gold medal in the Asian Games at Incheon, which automatically qualified them to the 2016 Olympics.


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