We are not at war with anybody: K.P.S. Gill

Former IHF chief KPS Gill lashes out at the ad-hoc committee saying things can be sorted out with discussions.

updated: July 20, 2008 11:39 IST
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The president of the superseded Indian Hockey Federation, KP S Gill, on Thursday said that he was neither at war with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) nor has he stopped interacting with its officials. "If there are any issues they could be settled through a dialogue."

In a freewheeling interview with IANS, Gill also refuted allegations that he is creating obstacles in the way of the ad-hoc committee's functioning and said some members of the committee were making "nasty statements."

He said Indian hockey will suffer because of the tussle between the IHF and the IOA.

Gill, who came here to attend the meeting of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) as its vice-president, said the IHF had certain role in mind for Australian Ric Charlesworth and it was unfortunate that the IOA did not consult him on the issue.

"They do not have the power to dissolve the IHF. We are registered in Chennai and the IOA is registered in Delhi. Suspension does not mean that you do not talk to us. It was (suspension) unnecessary.

"Till now they have not given us the proceedings of the meeting. If there were any problems, they could have been sorted out through discussion. Whatever is happening is not good for Indian hockey."

"It is not a war. We are civilised people. When governments are talking to terrorists, then why cannot people just get together and talk.

"I have a very clear roadmap for Indian hockey in my mind and if anyone wants to discuss it intelligently and in a cordial manner, I am open for it."

Asked about the Charlesworth controversy, "We had certain role for him. It is unfortunate that before taking a decision on him, the issue could have been discussed with us. They should have taken our advice.

"The ad-hoc committee is making nasty, irrelevant statements. By merely making statements you do not achieve anything," he said.

Gill also rubbished the talk of transparency by the ad-hoc committee.

"Does transparency in selection process means that you have journalists around. Transparency means that the players who have been selected or rejected should know the reasons."

"You need to have a clear idea about how do you want to change the system. Then we see what kind of professional you need for it and whether there are that kind of people in India. If there are not then you will have to see whether those you want to bring from outside fit into your environment."

Gill said he was not creating any problems for ad-hoc committee as claimed by some of its members.

Asked if he asked the Asian Hockey Federation to cancel the ongoing junior Asia Cup here, Gill said he had called for the "postponement of the tournament because there was confusion."

"IHF is a fountainhead of ideas and we were slowly finding sponsors even for junior tournaments through our perseverance and persistance. We were having programmes for under-16, 18 and 20. Unfortunately some of those programmes have been stopped. It is very difficult to get sponsors here. Everything was running smoothly. I was taken by surprise when the IOA took the decision. The matter is sub-judice now."

"If I get a chance I will try to see that I follow the roadmap I have in mind for Indian hockey and achieve it, otherwise good luck to them."