India trainer gets married, divorces team

CHENNAI, India Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:51pm BST

A player warms up before the start of a field hockey match at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

A player warms up before the start of a field hockey match at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

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CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - The Spanish trainer of India's men's hockey team has quit just weeks after joining the eight-times Olympic champions, citing marriage as the reason, local media reported Thursday.

Jesus Garcia Pallares had taken a 15-day break at the end of the team's recent 26-day tour of Europe to go home, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

"Pallares sent in his resignation to us and Hockey India yesterday saying he had got married and did not want to return to India," a senior official of India's sports ministry told the paper.

"The ministry is planning to take action. How can he leave without serving a notice?" the ministry's joint-secretary Prabir Krishn said.

The paper said Pallares had been appointed until the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next year at the recommendation of new coach and fellow Spaniard Jose Brasa.

Brasa, who guided the Spanish women's team to success in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games, is tasked with getting India back on track after they failed to qualify for the Summer Games for the first time in Beijing last year.

(Reporting by Sanjay Rajan; Editing by Ossian Shine)

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