Friday, July 11, 2008

Malaysia 2 Singapore 2

MALAYSIA started on a pathetic note, when they clawed back from being 0-2 down, to hold Singapore to a 2-2 draw in the Junior Asia Cup in Hyderabad, India, yesterday.
And after leveling the score, Noor Khairul Azrain was flashed the red card, and a 10-man Malaysia struggled until the end.
Juniors coach V. Muraleedharan described the Malaysian match as “rubbish”.
“The boys were just too eager to get back into the match after Singapore took the lead in the 20th minute off a penalty corner rebound, and that resulted in Malaysia chasing a 0-2 lead at the end of the first half.
“In the dressing room, I told them to remain calm and play their normal game, and (Ahmad) Kazamirul score off a penalty corner in the 44th minute.
“Hang (Edzharsyah) leveled the score with a field attempt in the 49th minute and the team were looking good, but the un-necessary red card blew our chances,” said Muraleedharan.
Malaysia and Singapore are co-hosts of the Junior World Cup. Now, Malaysia will have a mammoth task of qualifying for the semi-finals, as they must beat Japan and India in the remaining pool matches.
RESULTS: Group A -- Singapore 2 Malaysia 2, India 2 Japan 0; Group B: Oman 1 Pakistan 3, Bangladesh 0 South Korea 8.
TODAY: Group A -- Singapore v Japan, Malaysia v India.
TOMORROW: Group B -- Oman v Bangladesh, South Korea v Pakistan.
July 14: Group A -- Japan v Malaysia, India v Singapore; Group B: Pakistan v Bangladesh, South Korea v Oman.

Ric's Indian Honeymoon Over

Ric Charlesworth captained the Australian men’s team, was a Member of Parliament besides a first-class cricketer with 2,000-plus runs for Western Australia. On retirement, he successfully coached the Aussie women’s team, Hockeyroos, to World Cup (1994, ’98), Olympic (1996, 2000), Commonwealth Games (1998) and Champions Trophy (’93, ’95, ’97, ’99) gold medals. In the recent years, he had moved to Italy where he wrote an offbeat book titled Shakespeare the coach that followed his two previous works, The Coach: Managing for success and Staying at the top.

NEW DELHI/HYDERABAD: Ric Charlesworth's honeymoon with Indian hockey is over. The high-profile Australian consultant has put in his papers and left Hyderabad for Delhi en route to Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Randhir Singh told IANS that Charlesworth has indeed quit, but his resignation is kept on hold.
A decision would be taken only after meeting the International Hockey Federation (FIH) officials as the international body had deputed him as the technical director to assist the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).
An ad hoc committee member said that some of Charleworth's demands were unreasonable and unacceptable.
"He had asked for a bomb as salary, to the tune of $70,000 per annum from the government and another $70,000 from the FIH Olympic solidarity fund," said the official not wanting to be named.
Over and above the Australian had asked for unimaginable perks, he added.
The official said the Australian's tenure in India was nothing much to speak of. He was flitting in and out of the country attending seminars and workshops making Delhi his base.
He used every excuse to go to Australia, making his stay in India uneventful. Before leaving Hyderabad, where he was to assess the performance of the Indian players in the Junior Asia Cup, starting Friday, Charlesworth told the media that he was frustrated at the way the the hockey administration ran the sport in the country.
Citing reasons for his quitting, Charleworth stated that he was mischievously not allowed to be a part of the men's OIympic qualifiers by the IHF and the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
"The problems in is the plans are of short-term. I have seen both the men's and the women's teams. I came here with an optimistic approach and when I saw the players for the first time I felt they are extremely gifted. I feel my impact here would have been that of a catalyst," he told a television channel.
He said he was extremely unhappy with the nature of his assignment and the tardy pace of progress in the execution of his recommendations.
"I cannot work in a pressure-cooker atmosphere. Moreover, the expected changes in the system did not come about. I had told K. P. S. Gill ( the ousted IHF president) the steps needed to be taken to revamp the system, " he said.
Charlesworth also said he had expected India to learn from the debacle in Olympic qualifier, but that had not happened.
"I thought it (debacle) will act like a catalyst but unfortunately other events have conspired to derail the process. There should be an urgency and the crisis should be handled in a professional way," he said.
Charlesworth said he was clueless about his role in Indian hockey and although he was appointed as consultant before the the Olympic qualifiers, he was still not clear what he was expected to do. Charlesworth was also unhappy with the scheduling of his work by SAI.
New Indian Express