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Hockey India sacks men’s national team coach Roelant Oltmans

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New Delhi: Hockey India on Saturday sacked Roelant Oltmans chief coach of the Indian men’s team after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.

The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded on Saturday.

High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the men’s team. David is primarily a fitness trainer and has worked with the men’s team before and during the London Olympics in 2012.

“Key decisions taken included Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans to step down,” Hockey India said in a release.

“While Roelant Oltmans role as Chief Coach in improving the teams’ overall fitness and cohesiveness has been appreciated, the results are what matter and the performance of the team has not been consistent or up to the desired levels.” It said.

The 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 said, “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.

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