Commonwealth Games: Howling clock leaves India bewildered, angry; Sorry FIH

Commonwealth Games: Howling clock leaves India bewildered, angry;  Sorry FIH

Birmingham: A horrendous blunder by the officials denied the Indian women’s hockey team a huge opportunity. It was an opportunity to put the mighty Aussies under the pump and enter the CWG final, but the officials’ cynicism denied a feisty Indian team that gave everything to push the most feared side in world hockey.

The Australians were feeling hot for the first time in the tournament. For India, Rosie Malone could not have had a better start in the first attempt. India

Savita Punia was excellent in blocking the arm movement.

But, wait. As the officials did not start the clock, the Australians recovered the missed chance. They struck again and this time a furious Savita failed to save him. The speed varies.

Lalremsiami, Neha Goyal and Navneet Kaur failed to score while Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton had the ball. Australia won and qualified for the final.

“It doesn’t matter, but it certainly matters.”

These words of India coach Janneke Schoepmann sum up the frustration, desperation and anger.

The Indian women’s hockey team gave the Australians a run for their money with their best ever performance on grass since finishing a historic fourth at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Although they conceded a goal in the 10th minute, India equalized in the 49th minute with a fine goal by Vandana Kataria.

Vandana’s goal was also Australia’s first assist of the tournament, keeping a clean slate in the pool stages.

But in the end, the players were disappointed.

“After that (clock buzzer), we lost a little bit of momentum. Then he went in and everybody took off,” said Shopman, a two-time Olympic medalist.

“I don’t use it as an excuse, but when you win it’s a big boost for the team and you change the decision and the girls are very upset about it.

“The official’s hand was up but I didn’t really know and neither did the umpires — A Church and H Harrison from England. So I was disappointed because the umpires said we had to take it back.”

Schopman said people are prone to mistakes, but officials must consider the emotional toll attached to such a high-profile game.

“It’s all human and all emotion. Should we be better? I was trying to say, ‘girls, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter.’ they didn’t understand.

“They said it wasn’t our decision. I said, ‘Australia aren’t complaining, they know they missed it, it was an easy 10 seconds and they had an opportunity to score.’

“I think these people just don’t understand the game and the emotions involved.”

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) quickly apologized for the fraud and said it would “thoroughly review” the incident, but the truth of the matter is that the move will do little to heal India’s wound.

“In the semi-final match

Commonwealth Games 2022 between Australia and India (Women), the penalty shoot-out mistakenly started too early (the clock was not yet ready to run), for which we apologize,” the FIH said in a statement.

“The process in place for situations like this is that the penalty shootout must be replayed, which has been done. This incident will be thoroughly reviewed by the FIH to prevent similar issues in the future.”

The roar of the “Saat” angered the fan. Even former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag could not contain his jealousy towards the on-field umpires.

“Penalty miss hua Australia se and Umpire says Sorry Clock nahi hua started. Such bias used to happen in cricket before we became a superpower, Hockey mein bhi hum jald banenge and all clocks will start on time. Proud of us girls,” Sehwag tweeted .

A damaged India will be in contention for at least a bronze medal when they take on New Zealand on Sunday.


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