Hockey India 04 September 2017 sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level. High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the the men’s team.
The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded 04 September 2017. Though the federation did not say it in as many words, it is apparent that the HI bosses are not impressed with the Dutchman. “Key decisions taken included Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans to step down,” Hockey India said in a release. The power-packed meeting to assess the way forward for Indian hockey was attended by over 24 members over the last three days.
Harbinder Singh, chairman of the Hockey India Selection Committee, “The Committee was convened since we are collectively not satisfied with the Indian Men’s Hockey team’s performance in 2016 and 2017 and feels that wins in Asia can’t be a benchmark for success any more.” We need to show results beyond intent in key international tournaments where the sporadic success over the last two years is more incidental than deliberate. To make results a reality, we need to make hard decisions for the greater good of the future of Hockey in India