Indian hockey coach Oltmans said that it is unrealistic to expect gold-winning performance from the Indian men’s hockey team in 2016 Rio Olympics. Before the Rio Olympics, India will participate in the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Ipoh starting from 6th April. They will face Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Pakistan.
Indian team has a good mix of youth and experience which can help India to perform well in the Rio Olympics.
“In last Olympics, India finished 12th and stood sixth in the World Cup a couple of years back. So, how realistic will it be to expect a medal? If we reach top six positions and manage to achieve, even more, that could be a bonus,” he told reporters after a training session at the SAI Centre here.
“Our approach is different from Indians who dream of winning gold, a silver or the cup. Unlike I approach a tournament to win one match after match,” he said.
“This current Indian side is really eager to learn – the technical, the physical and mental aspects of the game everyday. We are together every moment and they are able to change the mindset and looking to play like improved players,” he said.
“The playing condition in Brazil will be fine. It is really not hot and it is not really cold. It is somewhere in between. So, the condition there will be fine for us to play games. The heat will be somewhere around 18 to 20,” he said.
“Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be a testing ground for all the youngsters of the squad to prove that they are ready for the big stage in Rio this year,” said Oltmans.
In the Rio Olympics, India is grouped with Germany, Holland, Argentina, Ireland and Canada in their group. The Indian players have performed well in Hockey India League.