Sunday, January 24, 2010


Former India hockey captain Pargat Singh on Sunday slammed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President, Suresh Kalmadi, by blaming the latter for making attempts to occupy Hockey India (HI) chief’s position.

Pargat blamed Kalmadi for the Indian hockey players’ recent revolt and termed him a ’sports mafia’.

Pargat said that it was because of such sports mafia that players go to the extent of revolting against the federation.

‘No player fancies a situation like a revolt but when you don’t get the parental touch from the federation, you probably have no other way. Kalmadi has messed up Indian hockey and is playing dirty games,’ Pargat told media persons in the conference held at Delhi’s Punjab Bhavan.

‘People like him (Kalmadi) don’t even bother about the country’s image. Even if the World Cup is shifted out of the country, they would not bat an eyelid,’ said Pargat and appreciated former Hockey chief K.P.S. Gill for his term