Thursday, March 11, 2010

FIH admits it messed up World Cup

Bad management coupled with an overzealous police force spoilt the hockey World Cup.
The international hockey federation has admitted the World Cup could have organized better.
In an interaction with the media on Wednesday morning, a discussion on the future of the game lost its focus after Press personnel once again complained of mismanagement.
The FIH, which is planning the first world club championship in India from next year, admitted it was at fault and the show could have been better handled.
FIH media manager Arjen Meijer said: "Yes, there were a few things that we could have done better, but you will always face problems when you organise a world event," he said.
Meijer indicated the organisation following up to the event was poor. He said, "Even five days before" the media box was not ready. There have already been complaints about the pitch from many sides, including Indian coach Jose Brasa.
Meijer said the security has left a bad taste in the mouth. In spite of going through a four-tier security, the media has virtually been quarantined and left at the mercy of policemen "following orders" to the T.
The FIH manager said: "After the Pune blast, the police was cautious. When one wants good security, such measures were unavoidable."
However, Meijer said India could be hosting several international tournaments. Happy at the response from the crowd and the sponsors, the FIH obviously knows where the business lies.
Hopefully, the FIH and the local organisers will get their act right.