Hockey India to look for new coach for Indian men’s team
Hockey India has finally decided to look for a new coach for men’s hockey team. The outgoing men’s coach Harendra Singh has been reassigned the job of training junior team. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the High Performance Committee of Hockey India that met under the chairmanship of Dr RP Singh. Other members of the Committee, including Olympian Harbinder Singh, BP Govinda and Syed Ali were also present.
While it appeared all over for Harendra Singh after his post match Press Conference in the Odisha Hockey World Cup for men criticizing the umpiring in the quarter-final game against the Netherlands, many felt that he may get a chance to stay with the senior team till 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Harendra Singh was earlier with the women’s team before he and the then men’s chief coach swapped positions. Now after the World Cup where India failed to make the semifinals on the home turf, the High Performance and development Committee today finally decide to look for a new coach.
Since India is not playing the World League starting this month, its first major international engagement is in March when it goes to Malaysia to play in the Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament.
Based on discussions, the Committee recommended to reassign Harendra Singh as the Coach for the Indian Junior men’s hockey team. He may be taking charge of the Junior Men team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019.
The mercurial rise of some of India’s top junior hockey players under the tutelage of Harendra Singh between 2013 – 2016 when the India Colts lifted the historic Junior Men’s World Cup in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, his abilities of grooming youngsters has been the key reason for the think-tank at Hockey India to arrive at this recommendation, a release by Hockey India said.
Though the year 2018 was disappointing for the Indian men’s team with results not going as expected, Hockey India believes investing in the junior program will reap long-term benefits.
In the meanwhile, Hockey India will shortly be advertising and will invite applications for the position of the Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team which will be returning to training camp in February 2019 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to commence from March 23, In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John, and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.
– PTC News