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SAI committee meet Sports Minister

The six-member committee, constituted by Sports Authority of India (SAI) to study the proposals of India hockey coach Terry Walsh, met sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday. ‘Terry Walsh had a meeting with the sports minister along with the committee. The minister applauded Terry Walsh's recent performance and believed Walsh is the right man to take Indian hockey forward,’ said SAI executive director (teams) Sudhir Setia.

The committee, comprising former players Ajit Pal Singh, Ashok Kumar, Zafar Iqbal, high performance director Rolant Oltmans and Hockey India CEO Elena Norman, decided to meet the sports minister after two days of meeting. ‘The minister patiently listened to Walsh's proposals and agreed to all of them in principle and asked the committee to find more details. However, Walsh stated he needs few days off to go back to Australia. He will then have a re-look at all the proposals offered in a positive manner towards renewal of his contract,’ Setia added. Walsh had submitted his resignation last month after his demands for a greater say in team decisions and hand-picked support staff were turned down by HI and Sports Authority of India.
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