Charlesworth to start work with women’s hockey camp

March 21st, 2008 - 8:52 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Ric Charlesworth will begin his effort to resurrect Indian hockey with the women’s team when the Australian coach visits the ongoing Olympic qualifiers preparatory camp in Lucknow. Charlesworth has been offered the role of expert coach cum technical advisor of the senior men’s team but will also be looking after the junior and the women’s team.

“I will go to Lucknow tomorrow (Saturday) and visit the women’s preparatory camp for the Olympic qualifiers,” Charlesworth said.

The women’s hockey team is scheduled to play the Olympic qualifiers at Kazan, Russia, from April 19.

The women’s team will have huge responsibility to shoulder after the men’s team failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 80 years.

After four days of brainstorming sessions, the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) finally appointed Charlesworth as technical advisor cum consultant of the senior team Thursday.

The men’s team will play a four-nation tournament featuring hosts Australia, Korea and China from April 18. Joaquim Carvalho has been retained as coach for this tournament.

It is still not clear though whether Charlesworth will travel with the team during its first international tournament after the disaster in the Olympic qualifiers.

Though Carvalho came in for heavy criticism after the Santiago debacle, IHF chief K.P.S. Gill made sure that he stays despite all opposition.

Carvalho’s reluctance in involving Charlesworth with the team is well-known and it would be tough task for the federation to bring the two parties together for the good of the Indian hockey.

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