the problem is the A**HOLES in our government and hockey managers!!!
Repeating like a gramaphone record of old***, the problem with the setup as of now* is not the Government or MSYA, but the fight between 2 sets of "adminstrators".
The K. Jyothikumaran caught in a sting episode which was aired by Aaj Tak gave one set the oopar hand to put the other set headed by KPS Gill aside. This former set headed by Narinder Batra got the green lights from FIH and IOA (MSYA could only do a last minute rubber stamp given the h&d involved) and in turn bartered a better deal wherein FIH took a far grander share of the WC profits to the world body for the betterment of the world game. Take that, the Indian taxpayer underwrote the organization of the WC, went and attended the event, and the profits accrued in selling of telecast rights which was pumped up by essentially Indian TRPs was taken elsewhere to better the world game while the Indian players were left holding the can and had to organize a flash strike to get some rewards. And the rewards they were fighting was 2 lakh INR, take that too. JyothiK is most definitely a corrupt oiseaule who needs to be put in a cannon and shot away to the moon (if possible, send off people like Vidya Stokes, Suresh Kalmadi, VK Malhotra, Narinder Batra, etc. too), but what makes me grumpy is that the sting op has not received any attention since then. From 2008 to now, JyothiK has been in the news a grand total of twice when he filed a lawsuit in the Madras HC and when his presence made some administrators to walk off without doing regular bizness. That means that, putting on my suspicion hat, the sting in itself could well have been a cooked up one. Dont blame me for reminding myself of the arty saga.
In all this drama, the only one** who comes with any sense of respect from me is Ajay Maken for taking the fight to BCCI (who I wont blame) in his show of neutrality and precedence and Shivraj Singh Chauhan for being one of the few politicians who cares about the game. If JJ comes to host a mega-event in MRS, she goes right there to the top of the pedestal too despite her (and all her fosterxyz's) collective corrupt gasbagginess. She tried her best with the WC for Vishy, but it would be better if she did something along the SAF games dhamaka with a 7-1 scoreline against the pakis I witnessed in the mid-90s. How about a multi-nation TN Gold Cup with 100 crore for the Indian team if it comes to the finals?
In last Asian games due to differences between HI and IHF the INDIAN NATIONAL hockey team wasn't even given proper shoes to play.
Not AG, but the lack of shoe episode was at Azlan, conducted at Ipoh, MY.
Sum, you are overestimating the brilliance of ass-tralian and EJ (aka spanish) hickey. Let me be the first and perhaps the most vocal to show a middle finger to ass-tralian hickey, crikkit and even the ass-tralian identity of which a big bs story has been peddled. The whole idea of Australia is a complete accident and I can quote at least 2-3 counterfactual history books to show what might have happened if not for some complicated wranglings in the late 19th and early 20th century. The whole game is still ripe nuff to be picked off into tangential directions and its easy to see the pulls and pushes that make ass-tralia if one puts an eagle-eyed hi-def lens at it, but I digress from my main point. I have seen the AIS' methodology close nuff and all that can still be nulled out by the army tactics of the Koreans. Biomechanics and how the Indian "gene" is disadvantageous etc. charades dont fly with me, esp when the assie crikkitirs get a regular hiding from the sdres these days. The day is not too far off when we will see a 6-zip in the reverse to venge for the CWG Finals.
For the EJs from spain, all I have is a chaddi roast and a giant ack-thoo. For all the bad things I have seen from these EJ idiots in India, I want Andalus to fall to the Islamist nutjobs again. I have no mercy and if such a reality comes true, I wont be pissing in my pants but just rotfling. If Catalonia and the Flemish region of Bel go their own way, that would be a perfect start. Catholique du Lovain is one of the biggest sponsors of EJ projects in India under the ChristianAid rubric, a different day for this tamasha to be unraveled.
* I wont give a free pass to MSYA under the MS Gill administration, but Ajay Maken is surely a far better and respectable person. Seriously, MSG might have had too much MSG in his diet for all the bs he peddled as MSYA. MS Gill deserves all the pissing I did on him for not knowing Gopichand or pushing Guru Satpal from the dais. And he was just a bit better than the communist dimwit MSA (who cost our exchequer 100s of crores of Rs in losses) he replaced.
** The rest are all douchebags and as much as I hate hitting at the people who are democratically elected, I cant hate myself at the collective calumny I would like to heap.
*** One day, I am going to demand from this dhaaga some cash for remembering so much of the forgettable shit that has happened to Indian sports when most people could nt care less and forget away to focus on the positives. Just kidding on the money part....