Walsh indirectly took a dig at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and said his first choice for the camp was always SAI's South Centre in Bangalore. (Agencies)
Asked if it made sense to hold a camp in conditions where the maximum temeperature is 43 degrees celcius while the World Cup will be held in The Hague, Walsh sarcastically retorted, "Is there a choice? It's not in my hands. I always wanted the camp to be held in Bangalore but for that we needed to put in place a new turf."
"Bangalore's climate is much more plesant. But in the end it's all about inefficiency, poor plannning and poor management," an angry Walsh said after the team's training session in sultry conditions at the Major Dhyan Chand national Stadium.
"It is not us who suffers, it is the players who suffer," he added.
The camp of the senior men's team was shifted out of Bangalore in August last year because of a worn-out astro-turf at the SAI (South) Centre, which resulted in injuries to key players like Gurmail Singh, Harbir Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, and S V Sunil among others.
This year's hockey World Cup will be held from May 31 to June 15 at The Hague, Netherlands where maximum temperatures would be between 15-20 degree celsius.
Walsh indirectly took a dig at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and said his first choice for the camp was always SAI's South Centre in Bangalore.