News for 30 January 2010

All the news for Saturday 30 January 2010



Korea push the Kookaburras in game 2

Korea have pushed the Kookaburras in the second game of the 3 test series in Hobart, with the Kookaburras coming back from behind twice to emerge 3-2 winners.

Determined to make amends for their 5-1 defend from game 1, Korea took an early lead after converting a penalty corner attempt only four minutes into the match.

Despite trailing the Kookaburras remained focused in defence, with Matthew Swann and Chris Ciriello setting up the majority of the Kookaburras play from their back half.

In what was a fairly even opening 15 minutes the Kookaburras controlled their fair share of the ball, however were unable to penetrate the circle with any real precision, due in part to the tight Korean defence.

As the game continued the Kookaburras begun to look more dangerous around goal, with veteran Grant Schubert setting up team mate Glenn Turner in the circle who produced a diving deflection to equal the score.

The celebrations were only short lived, with a long pass into the Korean circle beating the Kookaburra defenders and drawing goalkeeper George Bazeley, giving Sung Hoon Yoon an open net and Korea the lead once again.

The Kookaburras emerged more focused in the second half with results coming immediately thanks to a field goal to Russell Ford.

Continuing to apply the pressure, the Kookaburras produced several more close calls around goal, but were unable to convert.

Rob Hammond was a stand out for the home team throughout the midfield, as was Glenn Turner who was a focal point for the Kookaburras in the circle, working the ball to Simon Orchard who gave the Kookaburras their first lead of the match at the 57 minute mark to claim the victory.

The third and final match of the series will be played in Hobart tomorrow at 7.00pm.

Kookaburras 3 Korea 2 (1-2 half time)
Goals – Kor Nam 4m PC, Aus Turner 20m FG, Kor Yoon 24m FG, Aus Ford 38m FG, Aus Orchard 57m FG

Hockey Australia media release



China blanks USA

China 3, USA 0

CHULA VISTA, CA - The USA Field Hockey Women's Olympic Team fell to China, 3-0, today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA.

The 2008 Olympic silver medal winners, China is the number two field hockey team in the world and provide a high level of international competition for the U.S. team as they prepare for the 2010 AtaHolding Women's World Cup Qualifier in March.

For much of the first half, the USA and China were evenly matched, as both teams had few scoring opportunities early.

"China came out early and strong," said team captain Carrie Lingo. "It was a pretty fair test in the beginning."

A turnover in the defensive backfield led to a quick shot on goal for Zhao Yudiao and China went up, 1-0 late in the first half. Lingo noted these test matches are as much for education and growth as for competition.

"It's good that [the turnover] happened now in the process, because it's something we can fix," said Lingo. "At this early stage, it's something we can nip in the bud now as we prepare for the Qualifier."

China scored again quickly at the beginning of the second half, as Song Qingling lifted a shot over American goalkeeper Amy Tran. Song added a second late in the contest to put China in a 3-0 final.

The American offensive line had opportunities to score in the second half, as the offense repeatedly pressured the Chinese defense. The penetrations into the shooting circle increased, but shots went wide and deflections went into open space.

"It's a game of inches," said Lingo. "We had a few shots today that were off by a few inches."

"We played well for periods of time, but China punished us for our errors," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. "That's why we have Holland and China here, to learn those lessons."

The overall performance by the Americans was strong, but the skill displayed was not necessarily evident in the final score.

"To play that well against this competition does give us a fair bit of excitement going forward," said Bodimeade, "but there is frustration in not being successful."

Scoring Summary:

CHINA: Zhao Yudiao - 28' (FG)
CHINA: Song Qingling - 37' (FG)
CHINA: Song Qingling - 67' (FG)

USFHA media release



Canada defeats Chile in Game 3

Canada (2) - Chile (0)

With a cheering squad from the Canadian consulate present and a chance to take back the series, the Women's national team had everything they needed to come out fighting hard for a win. Following the game plan, the team pressured the Chilean defense well; stepping up and playing smart hockey. With an early burst of energy and intensity, the team was able to capitalize on what originated as a break down short corner and ended in a great diagonal ball hit by defender Stephanie Jameson (BC) to a waiting Thea Culley (BC) who was able to work her magic to smash the ball into the back of the net.

With the Canadians taking credit for most of the ball possession in the first half, momentum was bound to pour into the final 35 minutes of the game. The Canadians outnumbered the Chileans in attacking penalty corners in the second half with one shot just wide of the post and another effortlessly deflected just over the net by forward Robyn Pendleton (BC). The sealing 2-0 win came 42 minutes into the game when another long ball from defender Samantha Smith (BC) was tipped through for Robyn Pendleton who was able to beat the last defender and blast the ball low and hard past the Chilean goal keeper.

Head coach Louis Mendonca, pleased with tonight's outcome, commented that "the girls executed the game plan well and played with a lot of passion!" The team regroups for their final match tomorrow evening against Chile, excited to bring home another win to tie up the series before heading to Argentina.

Starting Line-up:


Azelia Liu, Abigail Raye, Sam Smith, Stephanie Jameson, Ali Lee, Anna Kozniuk, Katie Baker, Tyla Flexman, Stephanie Nesbitt, Robyn Pendleton, Kate Gillis

Substitutions:

Katie Collison, Diana Roemer, Krissy Wishart, Michelle Weber, Thea Culley

Did not play:

Amanda Stone

Game Summary:

23 min CAN PC - no shot
25 min CAN FP - goal from Steph J to Thea Culley (1-0)
37 min CHILE PC - great stick save from Azelia Liu
42 min CAN goal - long ball from Sam Smith to Robyn Pendleton (2-0)
44 min CHILE PC - shot and save by Azelia Liu
47 min CAN PC - saved
48 min CAN PC - shot wide
60 min CHILE PC - shot wide
67 min CAN PC - low shot deflected over the net by Robyn Pendleton

Field Hockey Canada media release



Team Netherlands for Hero Honda FIH World Cup

Dutch national team coach Michel van den Heuvel released the 18 players for the Hero Honda FIH World Cup, to be played in New Delhi, India from 28 February-13 March 2010.

Van den Heuvel selected a mix of experienced players and young talents. He continued the strategy he already used for selecting his squad for the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy at the end of 2009. The goal of the Dutch team is reaching at least the semifinal stage.

Netherlands will travel to Spain for a training camp and will play matches against England (4 and 5 February) and Spain (13 and 15 February).

Team Netherlands: Guus Vogels, Jaap Stockmann, Geert-Jan Derikx, Klaas Vermeulen, Marcel Balkestein, Wouter Jolie, Ronald Brouwer, Taeke Taekema, Robbert Kemperman, Teun de Nooijer, Floris Evers, Rob Reckers, Jeroen Hertzberger, Teun Rohof, Rogier Hofman, Robert van der Horst, Nick Meijer, Billy Bakker.

Source: KNHB

WorldHockey



India are among the favourites to win hockey WC: Charlesworth

Australian hockey legend Ric Charlesworth feels going by the tradition India are one of the strong contenders to lift the hockey World Cup to be held here from February 28-March 13.

"I believe, there are at least half a dozen team who are capable of winning the tournament. I underestimate no team. But when you look at the history of such tournaments, the home team always do very well," the former India technical director, who left the country under acrimonious circumstances, he said.

A five-time Olympian, Charlesworth was appointed as the technical director to Indian hockey team in 2008 but several issues ranging from slow decision making process to pending financial issues forced him to resign.

But Charlesworth said he has put his past behind and doesn't have any bitter feeling as he prepares to visit India again during the megaevent, this time donning that hat of coach of title favourites Australia.

"I have always enjoyed India. I was disappointed that I was not able to fulfill the role with the Indian team, but I do not have any bitter feeling about my stay in the country. I have always liked India," he said.

He also rubbished any security concerns during the World Cup.

Indian Express



Hockey World Cup in March is key to SA men's Commonwealth Games entry

JONATHAN COOK


CHIEF executive of the SA Hockey Association Marissa Langeni has said that South Africa's final placing at the Hero Honda FIH Men's Hockey World Cup from February 28 to March 13 in New Delhi is crucial to the national team's chances of being selected for the Commonwealth Games, also in India's capital, later this year.

"The SA Sports Congress and Olympic Committee have stipulated that our men's team must be ranked in the top five of eligible Commonwealth Games countries if they are to be granted the green light for the four-yearly showpiece," Langeni told SA Hockey World and Weekend Witness.

Captain Austin Smith's SA side are currently seventh behind Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, Canada and India, and need a very good performance in Delhi to persuade Sascoc that they are worth the CG air tickets.

In contrast, the SA women, led by captain Marsha Marescia - like her male counterpart a member of the respective 2009 World All Stars teams – are already ranked fourth among CG countries and appear to be a relatively safe bet to win Sascoc's favour.

A poor SA performance at the FIH Women's World Cup in Argentina in seven months' time would probably come too late to influence Sascoc's decision, as the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, take place from October 3 to 14.

SA Hockey World



Rehan happy to face India in World Cup opener


ISLAMABAD: National hockey superstar Rehan Butt is pleased that Pakistan would be facing India in the World Cup opener and claimed that the fixture against arch-rivals would help his side get into the rhythm.

“It’s good to have this match early because it can help us get into rhythm before we play other matches,” Rehan said in an interview.

Although Sports Minister Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani has said the hockey team will not boycott the mega event despite the unfair treatment meted out to country’s cricketers in the IPL auction last week, uncertainty still looms over Pakistan’s participation in the global event with reports emanating that the federal government has yet to take a final decision in this regard.

Pakistan Hockey Federation President Qasim Zia too gave a statement on Thursday that the hockey team cannot not go any where in the world without NOCs from the Federal Government and same was the case with the World Cup.

Rehan, an experienced striker, said the World Cup was a big event and Pakistan were well prepared for that, which was also evident from their recent showings in international events. “Our recent results are quite positive,” he said.

To a question, about the need of foreign coaches for India and Pakistan, Rehan said he was not against the idea. “Although both the neigbouring countries play their own brand, the foreign coaches can be beneficial for them as they know modern techniques better.

He said Pakistan and India were struggling in hockey because when they were superpowers in the game, they did not plan for the future. “While we were winning the World Cup and Olympics, we didn’t bother to work on grassroot programmes,” he said.

Dawn



FIH to conduct course for coaches during World Cup

NEW DELHI: India's chief coach Jose Brasa, along with nine of his international counterparts, will conduct a seven-day FIH course for coaches during next month's hockey World Cup.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Cup coaching course will be a seven-day affair, beginning on March 5.

The top master coaches and renowned experts will make presentations during the course.

"In addition to the main conductors other master coaches and the coaches of the participating teams will make individual presentations during the course," a Hockey India release said.

Apart from Brasa, who is an FIH Masters Coach, Paul Lissek, former Germany coach, former head Coach of Malaysia Terry Walsh and Tayyab Ikram, coach of Pakistan will be conducting the course.

The Times of India



World Cup panel seeks OC guidance

Special Correspondent


NEW DELHI: The World Cup hockey organising committee has sought the guidance of the Organising Committee (OC), Commonwealth Games, in several organisational aspects regarding the tournament scheduled to be held here from February 28 to March 13.

The hockey panel, which is jointly chaired by International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi, has already recruited some volunteers and expects the OC to provide additional manpower and expert guidance.

This would also be a build-up exercise for the OC in gearing up for the Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Hockey India (HI) has all but given up any hope of holding its elections before the World Cup following the Mumbai High Court directive regarding three Maharashtra units.

The High Court had given HI six weeks to deal with the requests for affiliations from the Mumbai, Vidarbha and Maharashtra associations and ruled that elections would not be held before resolving the issue.

The Hindu



Hockey women opt out world qualifiers

Nigel Simon


T&T’s senior women have opted out of the third and final AtaHolding Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournaments in Chile for the August 30 to September 12 World Cup finals in Rosario, Argentina. This was confirmed by Annette Knott, secretary of the T&T Hockey Board yesterday. The women qualified despite a 2-1 loss in the fourth place match against Chile at last year’s Pan American Women’s Cup in Hamilton Bermuda. Argentina defeated USA in the final. As tournament winners, the Argentines qualified for the World Cup while USA, Chile, T&T, Canada and Mexico were given a second chance of qualifying after securing from second through sixth in the Pan Am competition.

In Chile, the “Calypso Stickwomen” were due to tangle with powerhouses Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, Scotland and Chile for a lone spot to South America from April 25 to May 2. However asked to give an update on preparations, Knott said: “We have decided against competing because most of our top players will be unavailable. There are a number of players away at universities while others have work commitments.” Knott said the thought of using some of the Under-21 players was out of the question due to the quality of the opposition. “When you see teams like Australia, Malaysia and Chile, we did not think it was wise to expose the younger players to that level of opposition as yet,” said Knott. Despite missing out on a chance of going to a second World Cup, Knott said the T&THB had three other women’s competitions to focus on.

“We have the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico in July and this is our main qualifier to get to the Olympic Games in England. “There is also the World Cup Indoor Qualifiers in Venezuela from August 11-15 to be followed by Commonwealth Games in India for which both our national teams have qualified. The national women secured their spot in India after doing well at the Pan Am Games in Bermuda which gave them a ranking of ninth while the men managed to pip Wales by half a point and is 12th on the Commonwealth Games standings. The first World Cup qualifier for women is scheduled for San Diego, California, USA from March 26 to April 3 involving host USA, Belgium, Canada, France, Korea and Mexico. The second qualifier will be contested in Kazan, Russia from April 17-24 with Azerbaijan, Belarus, Italy, Japan, Wales and Russia all battling for the lone spot.

The Trinidad Guardian



Pakistan confirms participation in Azlan Shah hockey

KARACHI: Former champion Pakistan has confirmed its participation in the 19th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament from May 8-16 at Ipoh, Malaysia.

According to a Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) spokesman, the team will feature in the seven-nation tournament to prepare for the 2010 Asian Games in China.

Pakistan will lock horns with old rivals India, Australia, Korea, Egypt, China and hosts Malaysia in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which is an annual feature on the international hockey calendar.

The Times of India



KLHC hammer hapless Armed Forces as Sapura cruise past Nur Insafi

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: Premier Division champions KL Hockey Club have virtually sealed their place in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) semi-finals after thrashing Armed Forces-Airod 10-2 in the first leg of their last eight match at the KL Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Division One outfit Armed Forces managed to put up a fight in the early stages with their hard-running game but KLHC proved too good in the end.

At the Tun Razak Stadium, Sapura also took a giant step towards the semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Penang’s Nur Insafi.

KLHC and Sapura are on collision course as they are in the top half of the draw.

In the other quarter-final matches, Maybank and Universiti KL-Ibil drew 3-3 while Tenaga Nasional defeated UITM 2-0.

In the KLHC-Armed Forces game, the Premier Division champions stormed ahead as early as in the ninth minute through a penalty corner conversion by Mohd Razie Rahim.

But the gritty army side, who were runners-up in Division One, hit back three minutes later with an Ahmad Ridzuan Zainal Abidin field goal.

Mohd Razie restored KLHC’s lead with another penalty corner goal in the 24th minute, and that opened the floodgates for the champions.

National forward Chua Boon Huat helped himself to a hat-trick (27th, 31st and 45th minutes) while two other national players – Ismail Abu (28th, 43rd) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (64th, 66th) – grabbed a brace each. Harvender Singh added his name to the scoresheet in the 52nd minute.

Mohd Hanip Che Halim scored Forces’ second goal in the 61st minute.

KLHC coach R. Vivekanandan was pleased with the result, saying it would allow him to field the reserves for the return-leg tomorrow.

“Armed Forces played well and were very fit. But their plan to play an open game against us backfired as it gave my players plenty of space to exploit,” he said.

“Now we will use the opportunity on Sunday to test our fringe players and see how they handle the pressure. We need to maintain our performance level even if we field the reserves.”

At the Tun Razak Stadium, heavy rain forced the first match between Sapura and Nur Insafi to be delayed for almost an hour.

But when the downpour stopped, Sapura got going.

Newly-wed Jiwa Mohan opened the scoring with a field goal in the fifth minute before Mohd Rodhanizam doubled their advantage in the 14th minute.

Further goals from youngsters Mohd Marhan Mohd Jalil (42nd) and Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin (48th) ensured them a comfortable advantage for tomorrow’s return leg although Sandeep Michael managed to reduce the deficit for Nur Insafi in the 60th minute.

In the third quarter-final, Maybank let slip the lead twice before finally settling for a thrilling 3-3 draw with Universiti KL-Ibil at the Tun Razak Stadium.Maybank led 1-0 at halftime thanks to Mohd Azammi Adabi’s 16th minute field goal.

The young UniKL players came back strongly after the break.

Khairil Annuar Mat Isa equalisedin the 37th minute from a penalty corner set piece before Mohd Noor Faeez’s 43rd minute field goal saw them go 2-1 up.

It was then Maybank’s turn to hit back with two goals in two minutes.

Hafifihafiz Hanafi equalised for Maybank in the 63rd minute.

Two minutes later, Azammi scored again to put the Tigers 3-2 ahead.

But UniKL refused to be beaten and Noor Faeez’s 67th minute equaliser has ensured a tense return-leg tomorrow.

The Star of Malaysia



Browne leads Canterbury to England title

Nigel Simon


National men’s hockey captain, Kwandwane Browne inspired English Division One club, Canterbury to the Indoor England Hockey League title and with it promotion to the Premier Division on Sunday in Bristol England. Browne and his team-mates topped the nine-team table with seven wins from eight matches for 21 points. When the tournament flicked off on January 17, Canterbury won its two matches on schedule, over Maidstone (9-6) and Barford Tigers (8-5) for maximum six points.

On Saturday, Browne and his clubmates returned to action and secured three more victories against Team Bath Buccaneers (6-2), Doncaster (8-3) and Bournville (6-2) which meant it needed only one win from its remaining three matches to secure a top two finish and promotion. The top T&T player and First Citizens Sports Foundation “Sportman of the Year” nominee, made certain of competing in the Premier Division Indoor series next season as he led Canterbury past Halcombe and eventual second placed finishers, Bowdon by similar 8-4 margins before losing its perfect record in a 7-4 loss to fifth place finishers, Stourport.

Bowdon ended with 16 points the same as Bournville but with a better goal-difference. Tomorrow, Browne who has drafted in fellow T&T internationals, Matthew Tang Nian, France-born Evan Piers-Farrell and Mickel Pierre, who joined the club ten days ago will resume their chase for the EHL Men’s Conference East Outdoor title and promotion to the Premier Division with a clash against Bromley and Beckenham. Browne is currently the third leading scorer in the conference East with ten goals, five behind Holcmbe’s David Matthews while Canterbury heads the table with 28 points from ten matches, three more than Old Loughtonians who it faces on February 14.

The Trinidad Guardian



Women's hockey players receive dues from ministry

BHOPAL: Protesting Indian women hockey players finally received their financial dues from the Sport Ministry on Friday.

The Director Sports, Government of India, Deepika Kachhal reached the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Regional Centre here to distribute cheques to the women players, who have been sporting black bands in protest against th non-payment of their longstanding dues.

All the 41 players got a cheque of Rs 2.30 lakh each from the Sports Ministry on the occasion, chief coach MK Kaushik said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had donated Rs 1 crore to the Sports Ministry for providing financial assistance to the players.

The Times of India



Women hockey players richer by Rs 4.2 lakh

BANGALORE: The Indian women's hockey team received cheques from the Madhya Pradesh government and the Union sports ministry in Bhopal but insisted it would continue with the black armband protest as it had found no favourable gesture from Hockey India.

On Thursday, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chouhan, who hosted a dinner for the team, paid Rs 1 lakh each to the 18 players and five officials of the silver-medal winning Asia Cup squad. He also announced a Rs 50-lakh contribution to the joint account that the team had opened a few days back and said the 41 probables and nine team officials ought to share the amount equally.

On Friday, the last day of the camp, sports ministry officials gave away Rs 2.2 lakh each to 41 players. The money was from the Rs 1-crore donation which Chouhan had made last week. Payment for coaches and other support staff will be considered later, ministry officials said.

The players, some of whom earned a maximum of Rs 4.2 lakh, however said they would continue with the protest.

"As ever, Hockey India has remained aloof. We demanded parity with the men hockey players in every respect but they have turned a deaf ear to it. So our protest will continue in the next camp in February," a player told TOI.

The Times of India



AIFF chief calls on corporate world to support hockey

NEW DELHI: All India Football Federation President Praful Patel on Friday asked the corporate world and the government to support hockey and prevent a repeat of the players' revolt that rocked the national game recently.

"I feel sad for what has happened to hockey. Being a hockey player myself, I feel this kind of thing should not have happened," Patel said.

Patel, who is also the Civil Aviation Minister, extended his full support towards hockey and said the government must ensure that the national game is not deprived of financial assistance.

"However, we all must ensure that in our own way we support the game and the federation.

"Being AIFF president, I feel a sport does need to be supported strongly and corporates must come forward. The government, of course, does not support hockey, football or any game in major financial way," he said.

"But certain sports like hockey, which is our national game, should certainly be supported in every possible way by the government," he added.

Indian hockey went through a major crisis recently when the men's team had stalled their World Cup preparatory camp in Pune for five days earlier this month in protest against the non-payment of their dues and other demands.

The crisis was later resolved by Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi, who brokered a peace deal between the players and Hockey India after team sponsor Sahara disbursed an immediate financial assistance of Rs one crore for the players.

But no sooner the men's crisis had been resolved, the women's team started to protest by wearing black armbands in their national camp in Bhopal, demanding the clearance of their pending money and equal treatment.

The Times of India



Sports Ministry may withdraw support from Hockey India

V Narayan Swamy


BANGALORE: There's fresh trouble ahead for Hockey India officials. The Union sports ministry on Friday hinted that it may withdraw the conditional recognition given to the interim body and instead look for 'people with credibility' to run the show until the elections. Of course, it will take this step after the World Cup is over.

In apparent retaliation at Hockey India secretary Narinder Batra's outburst on Monday, when he criticised the sports ministry, the ministry said it was dealing with an 'edifice that is showing too many cracks' of late.

"What was Hockey India before we gave it recognition? It was our approval that catapulted it into prominence. At that time, we sincerely believed that the officials would get the game back on the rails and work towards a fair, democratic election," ministry sources told TOI.

"But what has happened in the past two weeks has raised serious doubts in our minds regarding its credibility as well as its ability to put in place a robust federation to govern the game in the country.

"Let's make one fact clear: at no point of time would we compromise on our intention to have a body with unquestionable legitimacy at the helm."

The ministry is particularly disturbed by the mudslinging in recent days and the growing complaints from member associations which are yet to get official recognition.

What has also been irksome is the increasing number of litigations that have sprung up around the country against Hockey India - court cases in Mumbai, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh - which has completely derailed the affiliation process.

"We respect the autonomy of the sports federations. At the same time, they should not forget that they are dependent on the government for infrastructure, training facilities or consummables. Hence, they have to address the concerns we have to protect the national game. That, sadly, has not happened. Of late, the situation has deteriorated. Take the affiliation process, for example, it has fallen like a pack of cards."

Having said that, the government is in no mood to precipitate matters what with the World Cup round the corner.

"But we will definitely swing into action once the event is over. Hockey is too precious a game for it to be orphaned. This uncertainty is detrimental to the game. We will weigh our options, work in conjunction with the international hockey federation (FIH) and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and do everything to see that a worthy interim body is in place," the sources said.

Another critical factor which changed the ministry's mindset was the shrinking officialdom in Hockey India. "The president and secretary are gone. Among those left, a few are unwilling to continue. And there are others who are not connected to hockey. As such, the situation has transformed substantially, compelling a quick review of the matter."

One option before the government is to get the existing hockey bodies (state units) to choose their representatives and form a governing council. It would obviously mean going back to the Indian Hockey Federation days but the government sees no harm in it as long as the process throws up "a credible and responsible body which is ready to prepare a transparent road map for the elections."

What if the new committee is forced to start from scratch? "Nothing is lost so long as a more credible and effective body is in place," the source said.

The Times of India