Mumbai: Former India captain Viren Rasquinha on Tuesday gave a clarion call for all concerned in running the sport to bury their egos and stop politicking for the future of national game.

Reacting to the decision of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to take away the hosting rights of the December 3-11 men's Champions Trophy from the country due to the administrative row over the governance of the game, Rasquinha said he was more worried about what could happen in future vis-a-vis Olympic qualifiers awarded to the country.

"I am not too worried about the Champions Trophy (being taken away), but am more concerned about what could happen to the hosting rights for the Olympic qualifiers (scheduled in February, 2012) awarded to India, if the present impasse continued," the former midfielder said.

"Home advantage is a huge one and we should not regret later that it was taken away," said the former international, pointing out that India could then be in severe danger of missing the Olympic berth for the second Games running.

"The FIH is doing everything possible for India to qualify (for next year's London Games). We should not let go of this opportunity and regret later.

Rasquinha felt that it was time for all concerned to sink their differences and egos for the future of the game.

"We need one federation to govern the game in the country for the standards to improve and for sponsors to show interest in the game. Its time for everyone concerned to let go of their egos and bury politics. The sport should take priority over everything else," he said.

(Agencies)