Indian hockey is at crossroads, says Rasquinha

SPORTS REPORTER
Thursday, 31 January 2019

“For a former player, the greatest value lies in giving something back to the sport. Many of us are keen on doing the service to the nation. Not in coaching alone but coaching is definitely one of of them,” Viren Rasquinha said.

PUNE: Recommending the way forward in Indian sport is never easy. That too, when a former player speaks, the critic guns are out in full tilt. 

38- year old former Olympic hockey player Viren Rasquinha though, is known to speak his mind.

Conversing during ‘Kurukshetra Conclave’, the annual festival of Flame University, Rasquinha touched upon many finer details about sports and careers in sports on Wednesday.

“For a former player, the greatest value lies in giving something back to the sport. Many of us are keen on doing the service to the nation. Not in coaching alone but coaching is definitely one of of them,” he said.

Apart from Rasquinha, former Davis Cupper Gaurav Natekar, Vinit Karnik-of ESP properties and former scribe Thomas Abraham were part of the panel that discussed little nuances of sports industy.

“Everyone cannot become a coach. The skill sets of a player are different. But we need to welcome all those who are willing to. We need the numbers now so that we can find in them. A majority of the athletes at the top level already are working for the betterment of sports culture in India,” Gaurav Natekar, who is an Arjuna awardee said.

Rasquinha further emphasised on the importance of initiatives like ‘Khelo India’, something that creates a pool of talent within the country.

“Khelo India was one of it’s kind event, which almost felt like an Olympic-like event on junior level. Such events would give us talented athletes, “ Viren concluded.

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