‘Hard decisions have to be taken for big objectives’: IOA chief Batra on Hockey India’s CWG pullout | Hockey News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra on Friday backed Hockey India‘s resolution to pull out of subsequent 12 months’s Commonwealth Games to guarantee larger focus on the Asiad, saying “hard decisions” have to be taken for larger objectives and it wasn’t possible to even ship a second-string staff.
Hockey India withdrew from the Games on Tuesday saying that there was solely a 32-day window out there between the Birmingham Games (July 28-August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-25).

HI mentioned it was unwilling to threat sending its gamers to the UK, which has been one of the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Batra mentioned it was the right name provided that an Asiad gold would guarantee direct qualification to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“You will peak at the CWG, come back home for 15 days for a break. By the time you come back you have to go to China and you have not played for a month, then you want India to win,” mentioned Batra, who can be President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Batra made the feedback at a operate organised by Maharashtra Olympics Association‘s Secretary General Namdev Shirgaonkar and the Goa Olympics Association.
“These are some hard decisions that you have to take. I will be blamed and become unpopular among players because a gold medal (at CWG) can fetch you Rs 50 lakh. (But) I have to take a call on what is more important and that is qualifying for the Olympics,” he defined.
“If you want to send a B team, there is no B team right now with us. You cannot send players with poor fitness. Pata chale 40 minute tha 0-0 hai aur phir 10 goal ho gaye. We don’t want that kind of situation,” he added.
Batra additionally urged all nationwide federations to place nationwide objectives forward of people and plan at the very least for a decade.
“We have to think about country and not individuals. Every single federation should think like that. Some federations believe that athletes are because of them, they need to reverse that. Nahi to band kar do sab,” he mentioned.
“It’s not an emotional thing, you have to take hard decisions,” he added.
The lengthy-serving administrator additionally acknowledged that he’s not on finest of phrases with IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta however insisted that it has not are available in the way in which of the physique’s functioning.
IOA goes to polls in December and Batra and Mehta are sometimes caught up in a bitter conflict of phrases or one-upmanship.
“We have our differences but it’s not that we don’t talk. We do talk and try to iron out differences but what can I do if somebody backtracks even after lengthy discussions. I prefer people who can do things straight up and not behind their backs,” he mentioned.
“I have my faults but I don’t back out of commitments,” he mentioned.
He additionally urged nationwide federations to guarantee larger gender parity in administration and supply equal coaching and competitors alternatives to their girls athletes.
“Gender stability is one other side we’d like to work on. You are going to get a diktat to enhance that very quickly from the International Olympic Committee. If you aren’t coaching girls in your sports activities, you might be doing a disservice to the nation as a result of we might lose medals as a result of of that,” he mentioned.

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