India to send four hockey coaches to Beijing Olympics

July 31st, 2008 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Indian hockey team failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time, and in a well-planned mission the ad-hoc committee will send four coaches to Beijing to prepare a blueprint for success in future. The ad-hoc committee decided to send junior men’s team coach A K Bansal, national women’s team coach M K Kaushik, Harender Singh and goalkeeping coach A B Subbiah to Beijing, said Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of ad-hoc committee that runs hockey after the Indian Hockey Federation was superseded in May.

The four coaches will study the strategies of the competing teams and will submit their individual report to the committee after coming back, he said.

“It is a very good opportunity for us to go to Beijing and study the teams. This step has been taken in the right direction to improve the game. We will help the team in whatever way possible,” Bansal, who coached India to junior Asia Cup victory recently, said.

India have eight Olympic gold medals in hockey but the glorious days are long gone. In an attempt the revive that golden period, the ad-hoc commitee Thursday met Olympians, technical experts and other stakeholders to discuss the road map of Indian hockey. Current players like Dilip Tirkey, Tushar Khandekar and Gurbaj Singh were also present in the meeting.

The committee also shortlisted 20 coaches who would be considered for the panel of coaches for senior and junior teams.

“We will add some more names to it. We are taking everybody’s advice and will then decided what is best in the interest of the game,” Kalmadi said.

A separate Committee will be formed to select ten coaches from the list for the senior and junior teams. They will prepare the team for the 2010 World Cup and Commonwealth Games. A senior national coach will also be appointed soon.

“We are determined to revive Indian hockey. And we have also approved revival of national level tournaments. We have also decided to hold the national championship in Pune after the Youth Commonwealth Games,” he said.

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