Things never remain static in Indian hockey for long. While the players have been without competition for more than five months and are likely to remain so till the end of 2020, they will now also be without High Performance Director David John. 

With less than a year to go for the re-scheduled Tokyo Olympics, John has cited health and personal reasons to resign. He has written to both Hockey India and Sports Authority of India (SAI) regarding the same. Hockey India has accepted his resignation and reiterated health as the official reason for John’s exit. However SAI, who is the official employer, is yet to decide on the matter. 

John’s contract had been renewed only recently following the Sports Ministry’s decision to extend all foreign coaches’ contracts till September 2021. He had joined in 2016 and this was his second stint with Hockey India, having been with the team as…

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