It’s official. Chris Ciriello has become the third high-profile name to quit Indian hockey in a month, increasing the uncertainty around the men’s national team and headaches for the federation.

Sportstar┬áhad first reported earlier this month that Australian Ciriello, the men’s analytical coach, was unlikely to return due to health issues. On Sunday he formally sent in his resignation, citing the same.

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Ciriello had joined the side in 2018 primarily for penalty corners but was soon an important part of the coaching staff. The former World Cup winner has been suffering from extreme skin cirrhosis and is undergoing treatment. The rising cases of COVID-19 in the country also played a role in his decision.

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