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Argentina coach knocks FIH for poor scheduling of Hockey World League Final

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Argentina bet India a day after losing 3-2 to England.(

Source: PTI)Top News The stressful scheduling in the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Last today was available in on for sharp criticism from completing teams, especially Argentina whose coach Carlos Retegui stated he would use up the matter with the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Incidentally, the FIH did not keep a single day of rest in the entire 11-day tournament, which suggested some teams needed to play back-to-back matches on successive days without getting adequate recovery time.Olympic champions

Argentina is one such team which was a victim of FIH’s pool scheduling as after their 3-2 quarterfinal win over England yesterday, they did not get enough recovery time before today’s semi-final encounter versus hosts India.Even though

Argentina won the semi-final 1-0, Retegui was furious with the scheduling of the eight-nation tournament.

“The Indians had a day’s rest and remained in much better condition than us as we played yesterday.

“Australia in 9 days has played 4 matches. We have actually played 4 games in 6 days. It’s unfair,” Retegui stated after the hard-fought semi-final win on challenging playing conditions due to constant rainstorm.

“This kind of tournament format is unfair. Yesterday at 10 pm we got to know that we are playing the semi-final today. We will take it up with the FIH,” he added.To make matters worse for the FIH, the decision to continue with the first semi-final in between India and Argentina in sub-standard playing conditions due to continuous rainstorm has actually also raised a couple of eyebrows.Bhubaneswar has been hit hard by a severe cyclonic depression in Bay of Bengal due to which the city has actually been experiencing unrelenting showers because early this morning.Though hockey is played under rain simply like football, the playing conditions at the Kalinga Stadium was far from conducive as spots of water in various parts of the turf made life challenging for players in both the seventh-eight place classification match along with the very first semi-final.”We were all set and wished to play today. We don’t understand why 2 semi-finals are not used the exact same day,”stated Retegui.India coach Sjoerd Marijne too stated the conditions was difficult to play hockey in and hindered the natural video game of his gamers.” Both teams might not play their finest video game. You have to handle the situations. You cannot complain. Both teams had troubles. It is what it is

,”Marijne said.”I do not know the exact guideline, but it’s good everyone knows when a match can be stopped and rebooted the next day. You need to ask FIH that.

We have been asked to play and we played.”Choosing not to offer any reasons, the India coach stated the Argentines were the much better side.”I can’t blame anyone about the loss. Argentina protected really

well. They were a bit more calm, did wise things like little high balls.

Yes, they are an experienced group and that’s why they are top,”Marijne said.For all the most recent Sports News, download< a href= https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.indianexpress.android&hl=en target=_ blank > Indian Express App

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