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Outgoing foreign coach slams unprofessional SRFI, unlikely to travel with team to CWG

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has slammed the high-handed and unprofessional approach of national federation and his return to looks highly unlikely with less than three weeks to go for in Gold Coast.

Speaking to from his hometown in Egypt, the claimed that that did not give him the treatment he deserved, forcing him to step down much before his contract expires in July 2019.

Despite the growing differences with SRFI, the Egyptian had committed to stay till the April 4-15 for the sake of the players but a series of events which unfolded in the lead up to the Windy City Open in has made him rethink on his decision.

The treated me unprofessionally and questioned my decision making more often than not. You cant expect anyone to operate as usual in such a scenario. I want to be there for the players at CWG but it is best for them to go ahead without me as there is too much distraction, an emotional Karargui told

The players need to be fully focused on court rather than on what is happening off court, he said.

SRFI remained unavailable for a response on coachs claims.

Authority of India, however, said Karargui is on leave till March 10 and would come back to in

What led to the breakdown in relations between Karargui and SRFI was that the coach was not clear about his flight itinerary even four hours before he was to take off for from for the February 20-28 Windy City Open. All leading players Dipika Pallikal, and played in

On the way back, Karargui was supposed to train Pallikal and in before returning to Sandhu got injured and could not travel to but Pallikal went ahead with the plan and is still in training with Karargui.

The federation cleared that plan of me going to Alexandria from Chicago for two weeks and return on March 10. But on day of the flight they said I have to come back straight to from Chicago.

That was not acceptable to me so I did not go to Chicago with the team and went home instead. It was not first time that something like this happened and I had it enough, he explained.

Upset at SRFIs attitude, Karargui took leave from February 20-26 and headed home. He continues to train Pallikal in Alexandria and says he is on duty.

This off-the court chaos was the last thing that players wanted ahead of an important assignment like the Commonwealth Games, where Pallikal and Chinappa had won a historic gold in womens doubles.

Another medal contender and Indias highest-ranked male player, Saurav Ghosal, said the ongoing tussle between coach and federation will only affect the team negatively.

You want your surroundings to be calm and serene before a big event like Commonwealth Games. Unfortunately, that is not the case ahead of a tournament that comes once in four years. I dont know what is happening (if the coach is coming back or not), said Ghosal.

What I can say is that the girls (Pallikal and Chinappa) will be most affected by his absence. The coach has trained a lot more with them since they are based in Chennai and have been with them on most tournaments, he said.

On coachs soon ending stint with the Indian team, Ghosal added: He sure had a hands-on approach (to deal with a specific player). There were certain things he was good at, things which were lacking earlier. His exit will definitely be a loss for Indian

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 17:26 IST