Hockey is now more about power than skill: Olympian Jaswant Rajput

Describing himself as a fan of former Indian captain Dhanraj Pillay, Rajput conceded that he is not aware about the current crop of players."It is heartbreaking to see the lack of talent in Indian hockey. The administrators are to be blamed" - Rajput

updated: March 28, 2013 17:45 IST
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Kolkata: He was part of the hockey team which won independent India's first Olympic gold medal, but Jaswant Singh Rajput, who played both as a left-half and centre-half, dislikes watching the national team of which he once was a proud member.

"Hockey is now a hit and run game. There is no offside. It is now more about power than skill. I no more watch the game, especially after the way India has been performing," Rajput, now 85, told IANS in an interview.

Part of the gold medal winning Indian hockey team at the 1948 Olympics and a member of the squad at the 1952 Games, Rajput is livid at the administrators of the sport and the lack of talent.

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