NEW DELHI, India: Former Olympian M.P. Ganesh will be the new national hockey coach.

The decision to appoint Ganesh as chief coach was taken at a meeting presided over by the Indian Hockey Federation president, Mr. R. Prasad, well-informed sources said.

Among the others who attended the meeting were director-general and executive director of the Sport Authority of India.

The sources said that Jhaman Lal Sharma was not considered for the post of chief coach as he was not a “NIS” qualified coach.

According to government guidelines, a national coach has to be a product of the NIS,

Ganesh will be the overall in charge of the national camp for the Seoul Olympics; the camp begins in Lucknow on Thursday.

Earlier, IHF had offered Balkishan Singh the post of chief coach. But Balkishan, after initially accepting, turned down the offer for domestic reasons.

Name of the coaches who will assist Ganesh will be decided later. IHF earlier sought the services of Govinda and Jhamanlal Sharma to assist Balkishan Singh.

BOGOTA, REUTER — A Columbian Avianca Boeing 727 with 136 people on board including two football teams, crashed on Thursday minutes after taking off from Cucuta, near the border with Venezuela, a provincial government spokesman said.

The spokesman said the plane on a domestic flight to Cartagena, 250 miles (400 KMS) to the West.

Article extracted from this publication >> March 25, 1988