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Hockey India officially sacked coach Paul Van Ass 

It is now official that Paul van Ass is not “returning” as Indian National Hockey team coach. A committee comprised of former players was appointed by Hockey India chairman Olympian Haribinder Singh, decided to sack Dutch coach.

“We are not considering van Ass since he is not responding, so there is no question of him returning,” Harbinder told reporters after marathon meeting at the HI office, which also involved B.P. Govinda, V. Baskaran, A.B. Subbaiah, Thoiba Singh, R.P. Singh, Asunta Lakra and Jasjeet Kaur.

“We have given our recommendations on the van Ass matter to Hockey India but we can’t reveal them. It’s for Hockey India to decide now,” he said.

“He will not come back at any cost. We have not considered him.”

With one year left for Rio Olympic preparation India already sacked two coaches in a span of six months. Now high performance director Roelant Oltmans will double up his role for India till the Rio Olympic campaign gets completed.

Paul van Ass had claimed that he was sacked on last Monday, but HI president Narinder Batra counterclaim that he was not sacked, but a decision in this regard would be taken this weekend.

The reason behind Van Ass sacking is an altercation between him and Batra during the Hockey World League Semi-Final after India won the quarterfinal clash against Malaysia in Antwerp, Belgium on July1.

Van Ass, who was appointed on January 30, was supposed to join the Indian team which is undergoing a fitness camp at SAI centre in Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh. But the Dutchman did not return to take charge of the camp, saying HI had not sent him the air ticket.

“Obviously, if HI does not send me tickets to return to India, how will I come? There are stories spreading that I did not return but how can I return if you do not send me tickets,” wondered the 54-year-old, who went back home from Belgium following the conclusion of the HWL Semi-Final event on July 5.

“I have been constantly in touch with HI director high performance Roelant Oltmans. Last week, I got to know that I have been sacked, that Dr. Batra does not want me as chief coach.”

Responding to van Ass’s claims, Batra said the Dutch tactician was lying and travel tickets had been sent to him.

“He was supposed to evaluate the team’s performance and send us a report on July 15. He was then supposed to send his report on July 17. He was supposed to come back. He did not do any of them and is spreading the news that he has not been sent tickets. He is lying. We did send him the tickets,” Batra said lashing out at the Dutch tactician.

“Obviously, if HI does not send me tickets to return to India, how will I come? There are stories spreading that I did not return but how can I return if you do not send me tickets,” wondered the 54-year-old, who went back home from Belgium following the conclusion of the HWL Semi-Final event on July 5.

 “He did not take it that well and got angry with me. He did not say much but was just angry with me for asking him to leave. I am angry because a difference of opinion has led to this. This will make the team suffer,” van Ass said.

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