England women’s hockey coach Danny Kerry (pictured) has slammed the ‘ivory tower’ Commonwealth Games organisers for a hockey schedule that forces his players to compete in extreme conditions.
The Telegraph reports Kerry as saying: “To play elite sport in 40 degrees and 80 percent humidity is inappropriate and dangerous.” The comments came after his team’s 4-1 win over Canada at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium.
Kerry continued: “The organisers are in ivory towers, they don’t consult us. We made representations before the Games and just hit brick walls.”
England captain, Kate Walsh is on the same wavelength: “Fortunately we’ve got a brilliant strength and conditioning programme and I think that has held us in good stead. Playing in 40 degrees is hard, hard work. You just can’t play for 70 minutes in that heat.”
Walsh and Kerry’s sentiments echo those England Men’s coach Jason Lee.
New Zealand’s skipper Kayla Sharland has also said her team were finding the heat very hard to cope with.