The last time the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams stepped out competitively was in February. The next time they will do so will be in 2021.

But while lack of competition has been common across the world, Hockey India (HI) also has bigger, personnel issues. With uncertainty over analytical coach Chris Ciriello’s return, men’s team physio Dave MacDonald bid adieu on Wednesday, citing ‘personal reasons’.

Two weeks back, high performance director David John had done the same. In the midst of a pandemic that shows no signs of relenting in the country and less than a year to go for the Olympics, HI is struggling to bring things back on track.

“I don’t understand the planning. Everyone knew things would not go as scheduled as far back as March during the first lockdown. And yet the players were kept at SAI till June without any training. They should have been allowed…

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