Roelant Oltmans has been named as the Indian men’s hockey team coach replacing Paul Van Ass. Oltmans was previously working as the high performance director of the Indian team. Paul Van Ass was sacked and Hockey India president Narendra Batra said that Paul Van Ass had his personal issues and was not a good coach. The Indian team had finished fourth in the recently concluded World Hockey league Semi finals played at Antwerp. The Hockey India decided to end the tenure of Paul Van Ass because of lack of discipline shown by the Dutch man.
Roelant Oltmans has been named the Indian men’s team coach till the Rio Olympics 2016. The new appointment of the coach was confirmed by the Hockey India President Narendra Batra after his meeting with Sports Authority of India officials in New Delhi. “Oltmans has agreed to be the coach of the Indian team until the Rio Olympics and we would like him to continue after that,” Batra declared yesterday.
Paul Van Ass took over the charge of the Indian coach 5 months ago. Oltmans who had coached Netherlands to Olympic gold medal in 1996 and the World Cup title two years later will be 7th foreigner to coach India in last 10 years. The Indian players wanted Roelant Oltmans as the coach each time and wanted to adapt a certain style of hockey.
Paul Van Ass failed to take charge of an ongoing national training camp and did not submit the reports on the recent World Hockey League semi finals in Antwerp. With one year to go for Rio Olympics the changing of coaches will not help Indian hockey much. The first assignment for Oltmans would prepare the Indian for the European tour playing 2 matches against France and 3 matches against Spain before coming back on 14th August.
Narendra Batra said that we will talk to Oltmans and provide as much support staff he needs and possible assistance. Lets hope that Indian hockey does not suffer and can bring a medal in the upcoming Rio Olympics.