With Harendra Singh’s coaching career in jeopardy, an Indian Hockey Supporter has started a Change.org petition in hopes of persuading the Indian Sports Government to look into the matter and reinstate the coach.
The petition called “HOCKEY INDIA IN A MESS” has amassed nearly 700+ signatures as of Monday.
Fan and veterans world over feel that the dismissal of Harendra Singh was unacceptable and sudden as his appointment last May 2018.
The petition is directed to Indian Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore
The petition highlights the genuine concern over the autocratic working of the Hockey India Federation as well as the future of the Indian Hockey under the leadership of the foreign CEO Elena Normans and High Performance Director David John.
In the past, there have been many voices over the years expressing the same concerns but those have been ignored.
The petition also highlights how the Hockey India Federation has a effect of a classic abuse situation – players are afraid to speak up for fear of punishment or worse treatment- and those in the authority who hesitate to speak up because previous complaints have gone nowhere.