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Leonas reach an agreement

CAH president Aníbal Fernández and Leonas captain Luciana Aymar during the press conference.

Capurro starts working and players return to training

CAH president Aníbal Fernández and the players agreed yesterday to end the conflict. The five players who had resigned will return to training while Carlos Retegui was sidelined as head coach.

The women’s national field hockey crisis seemed to come to an end or, at least, to rest yesterday. Argentine Hockey Confederation (CAH) president Senator Aníbal Fernández announced yesterday at a press conference held at the Cenard that he has agreed with the players to sideline Carlos Retegui as the women’s head coach and that he and the players will name a substitute in the next few days.

The relationship between Retegui and the players “has been broken after the World Cup”, according to captain Luciana Aymar, who also took part in the press conference. Rosario Luchetti, Daniela Sruoga, Carla Rebecchi, Silvina D’Elía and Mariela Scarone, who had resigned from the team due to a disagreement with the CAH policy, said yesterday that they will start training again, hoping for a change.

Before the conference, the players had met Fernández and agreed that Santiago Capurro, who was named by Retegui, will remain as coach ahead of the Champions Trophy to be played in Mendoza in November.

They also agreed to jointly choose the new head coach. Retegui, who coached both teams at the World Cup, will remain as men’s team coach but without interference in the women’s team.

Eight-time International Hockey Federation (FIH) world-best female player Aymar, 37, led the conference but did not clarify her future. “I am not in conditions to make such a difficult decision. I was trying to bring both parties of the conflict — officials and players — together and also the group itself. I do not plan to train for now. I need to rest and to help find the new head coach to improve women’s hockey. I will see later,” the Rosario-born player said.

The main candidates of the players are Marcelo Garraffo, who was the Leonas coach and was fired as soon as Fernández was elected as CAH president, or Sergio Vigil, who coached the team from 1997 to 2004. If one if them is hired, it is probable that Aymar will play at the Champions Trophy to retire from international duty.

“We feel that the best option is to leave Retegui only in the men’s team because it was hard for everyone to share the coach with the men. I accept that the team clinched many successes with him in charge but the relationship has been broken after the World Cup. The players will train but we want something different for Argentine hockey,” Lucha added. “The conflict helped to bring the group together. Many of us did not agree with the way that the players resigned but we met together, talked about it and I consider that the squad became stronger.”

The national team which will start training today at 9am as Capurro decided to suspend yesterday’s opening session due to the tense afternoon the players had.

“I am happy because we will work with the best players of the country, who will fight to make the best possible team,” Capurro said.

The men’s team, with Retegui in charge, will start training today at 2pm, also at the Cenard.

Herald staff with DyN

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