Sunday, 3 October 2010

No video referrals in CWG hockey matches

Video referral will not be available in hockey at the troubled Commonwealth Games after the technology was requested too late, officials said.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has used a video referral system at all major tournaments since 2006, but it will not be functioning here, in the latest hitch to hit the Delhi games, said the official in charge of venues, AVS Prasad.

“It came to our notice very late. As soon as we came to know about it, we asked the FIH to send the equipment,” Prasad, said.

“We were a little late but there were some issues. We have to follow some procedures as it is public money we are dealing with. The FIH told us it is too late for the referral system to be put in place now.”

Veteran Australian hockey player Jamie Dwyer lamented the lack of a referral system.

“I like the video review system. It’s good for the game of hockey. It’s a shame that it is not here in such an important event,” Dwyer told reporters.

But Glenn Kirkham, who plays in the centre midfield position for the England team, said the technology could be a hindranceas well as a help.

However, both hockey players were impressed by the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, venue for the tournament.


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