Friday, April 13, 2012


Well national coach Tai Beng Hai held a press conference on Thursday to refute the contents of the report of the Dublin debacle that was published partly in this blog and a leading national English daily.

While I would have loved to be at the Press Conference to fire my own questions to the coach, the late notice prevented me from being back in the city from my hometown.

However while he can claim all he want that the reports published were not reflective of what was written and that he was presenting a historical fact on all those allegations, the fact that a copy of the report was not given to the media that attended the press conference shows that there is something to hide.

And by telling a journalist that he intends to take the newspaper and this blog to court is accepted with open arms.

Over the next few days I intend to publish every page of the report so that the hockey fraternity can decide if the facts were not correctly reported.

So rather than infer, let the public and players decide what is right and wrong.

And yes speaking about the players, eight senior players are said to have decided that they had enough of the shifting of blame and want to stay out until they get to meet the MHC President.

So let's wait and see what happens next. Suffice to say I stand by what was written as it was excerpts of the report presented to the MHC Council.

Also please note that never was the report classified as private and confidential nor does it fall in the ambit of the non existent Article 88 of the MHC Constitution.

So why the big fuss Secretary General about who leaked it as copies were left on tables for anyone to see.

And why was there a need to talk of the past when it was what went wrong in Dublin that was a matter of concern?

Or shall we go back and debate which team was better, the 1975 World Cup side that finished 4th or the 1998 Commonwealth Games Silver Medal winning side.

And for your info and history lesson Beng Hai, in retort of your claim that the decline started when eight players retired after the 2002 World Cup, you have left out a fact that we went on to win the bronze at Busan Asian Games six months later after a hiatus of 12 years, minus the eight players.