Saturday, February 27, 2010

Media stage walk-out on FIH supremo Negre

NEW DELHI, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- Miffed by the "hostile" treatment given to the media, a group of journalists walked out as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) president was about to address a press meet today.
About 50 journalists, both local and foreign, vacated a press conference room in a five-star hotel, when Leandro Negre started to speak, when a Delhi-based foreign agency journalist interrupted to express his dissatisfaction.
A stunned Leandro started to apologise and pacify the media personnel.
"I am sorry, even I had difficulty entering the stadium today. This is all because of security," he said.
But the apology came a little late. Camera crew and journalists left the room, while FIH officials tried to continue with the press conference.
The 12th Hero Honda World Cup Hockey begins tomorrow in Delhi, under very tight security, after militant groups warned of possible attacks early this month.
-- With mounting pressure on the organizers, security had been tightened around the city and stadium, and journalists had been barred from entering the stadium to cover any warm up matches or carry electronic items, including laptops.
The World Cup would be played at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi from Feb 28 to March 13. -- BERNAMA