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Indian men’s Hockey coach Oltmans said today a well organized defense will hold key for the team’s fortune in next year’s Olympics Games in Rio.

Organzation of the defense is important. If the defense is well organized the forwards have the confidence to attack on the opposition half. If the defense is not well organized the team will be in trouble in counter attacks. Oltmans who is High performance director and head coach of the team after the ouster of Paul Van Ass he is working on a solid defense and switching to different styles of play in different situations.

The Indian team is in New Delhi for three weeks training till 27th September before leaving for NewZeland for a hockey test series.

He said that about the areas to be improved by the Indian team he wanted the team to be unpredictable and dynamic, to be able to play in different styles according to different situations.

In France and Spain we tried to implement these things. We have good players like in attack who scored very good goals like the one by Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh. We have room for improvement in attacks. Its good to have some series in line so that we can see how we can apply these changes.

Asked about if the team is progressing in the right direction with less than a year left for the Rio Olympics he said the process is important than the results.

He was very happy that the team is improving everyday and wanted to learn new things doing things differently.

We are in the process of preparing for the end result. The end of process is just 11 months away from now and all these series and tournaments are part of the process.

   

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