Frequent change of coaches destabilizing Indian hockey: Terry Walsh

Pavan Suresh / 01 August 2015

The former hockey coach of Indian men’s hockey team said that frequent changes of coaches is destabilizing Indian hockey but also said that the country has enough time to prepare and train itself for outstanding performance of in Rio Olympics 2016.

Walsh was saddened by the sudden sacking of Paul Van Ass just five months into the job following an altercation with Hockey India President Narendra Batra. Van Ass sacking is destabilizing Indian hockey about the mess of Indian hockey just one year to go for Olympics.

Van Ass was the fourth foreign coach to be removed from post of coach job since the Hockey India took the control in 2009. Before this Jose Brassa, Michael Nobbs and Terry Walsh were appointed coaches and all of whom Sports Authority of India were hired on the recommendations of Hockey India also left the country for some reasons or the other.

Under Terry Walsh, India sealed the a direct ticket to next year’s Olympic games after winning the gold medal at the Asian games 2014 at Incheon, Korea, however feels Sardar Singh led side has the potential of creating magic in Rio Olympics.

Preparation for Rio Olympics with appropriate preparation and training Indian team is capable of outstanding performance in next year’s prestigious event. There may be a medal chance if everything is put properly together and oppurnities are taken.

The new coach Roelant Oltmans is the new coach of the Indian team and the first assignment will be European tour where they will five matches 2 against France and 3 against Spain.

Walsh blamed systematic failure behind India’s slump in World hockey. The Indian team finished fourth in the World Hockey league semi finals and after that the Indian team removed Paul Van ass because he did not give the report of India’s team performance. 

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