New Delhi:Indian hockey is now facing a situation that threatens to take away the 2010 Hockey World Cup from India. Ric Charlesworth's decision to not continue as the Technical Advisor for Indian Hockey is set to have widespread ramifications for the game here.
Charlesworth has been widely hailed as the messiah for Indian Hockey. But the new administrative setup is just as upset with his contribution so far, as he is about the unchanged scenario following India's failure to qualify for the Olympics
The supercoach's exit seems just as dramatic as his entry. In a statement to NDTV, Ric Charlesworth said he's in Australia due to family engagements, and would be back in two weeks.
Though he refused to confirm or deny his resignation, Charlesworth said Indian authorities were aware of his actions.
"I am aware of the speculation about my future in India. I have had no official communication from the SAI or IOA. My employers are aware of what I am doing."
"I do not believe there is much more I can do in an advisory role in India. It is a time for action in India, and if I am to have a future role there, it will not be in an advisory role," he added.
But confirmation about Charlesworth putting in his papers has come in from both the Ad-hoc committee governing the game, and the Indian Olympic association.
"He CC-d me a copy of his resignation to the Sports Authority, because he's employed by the Sports Authority, saying that he's quitting. And after that there's been no news," Randhir Singh, Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association said.
While Charlesworth's frustration with the way the game is administered was no secret, he had obviously hoped for things to change post the Gill era, but with confusion rampant over his contract and what his role was meant to be, members of even the ad-hoc committee admit they understand his desire to leave.
"We could see that this was coming, because he was very frustrated. He was running around from Chandigarh to Delhi for his money and his bills. What he wanted was to bring the professional approach back to the Indian Men's team," Aslam Sher Khan, the chairman of Ad-hoc committee said.
But not everyone it seems will be sad to see him go. The IOA, which is in charge of all the separate sports federations feels Charlesworth has not made enough of an effort in India.
"Unfortunately he's not been very useful to Indian Hockey, because he's not been available for Hockey. In fact, it came as a surprise to me that he's left the Indian junior team in Hyderabad when the Asian Cup is going on, and he's left the camp and gone off," Randhir Singh said.
Charlesworth will now return to negotiate new terms, but by then it may be too late. The International Hockey Federation could already have punished the new hockey setup by taking away the 2010 World Cup from India.