Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Director General Jiji Thomson has said that he does not believe Indian hockey coach Terry Walsh resigned due to bureaucratic difficulties. Walsh, however, maintained his stance over the reason for his resignation and told NDTV that he has given a one-month deadline to SAI to sort matters out. The sports ministry is expected to make a decision by Wednesday.
In a press statement on Tuesday, Thomson said: "During my interaction with him in the World Cup Hockey in Hague in June, 2013, we had a brief interaction on the lack of bench strength in Indian hockey. This is a concern which we shared. Other than this he has not made any complaint ever." (Full Text of Terry Walsh's Resignation Letter)
Walsh, whose contract with SAI expires next month, said: "If they want me till the Olympics, they need to get their house in order. Hundred bureaucrats get involved here for any decision. I have given them a one-month deadline to sort matters out. If that is done, I am happy to join the team again." Walsh coached India to a historic Asian Games gold in Incheon earlier this month. The win has given India a direct berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Also read: India win Sultan of Johor Cup for the 2nd time)