Hockey India sacks Roelant Oltmans as chief coach of Indian men's team

Roelant Oltmans
Roelant Oltmans
Hockey India (HI) today sacked the chief coach of the Indian men's team, Roelant Oltmans following the country's poor showing at the World League Semi-Final in June this year.
The decision was taken at the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded here today. The committee assessed and took decisions on the way forward and for the long-term successs of Indian hockey, a press release issued by Hockey india said.
"Key decisions taken included Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans to step down," the release said.
"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," the committee said.
High Performance Director Director David John will take charge in the interim till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the Indian men's team, it said.
The committee said the Director High Performance and Hockey India Selection Committee will be required to perform a detailed assessment of all the senior core probables, with those that have reached their peak performance to make way for younger talent. "The ray of hope shown via noteworthy performance of a much younger team at the recently concluded Europe Tour proves that it is time to recalibrate," it said.
Mr. 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 feel 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."
"The current format of coaching was not showing results beyond a certain level. The committee unanimously agreement that immediate action was required to be taken and while change may not always be comfortable it is essential if we want to position ourselves as a serious global contender for the upcoming critical tournaments in 2018 including the Asian Games & World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games," he added.
The three-day meeting was attended by over 24 members, including Harbinder Singh, B.P Govinda, V. Baskaran, Thoiba Singh, Dr. A.B. Subbaiah, Dr. R.P Singh, Joydeep Kaur, Sardar Singh, P.R Sreejesh, Manpreet Singh, Roelant Oltmans, Jugraj Singh, Arjun Halappa, Hans Streeder, Scott Conway, David John, Elena Norman, Mariamma Koshy, Mohammad Mushtaque Ahmad, Rajinder Singh, Tapan Das, Bhola Nath Singh, Firoz Ansari and Gyanendro Ningombam. 
"Inputs were incorporated from all committee members to emerge with focus areas and the way forward for the Indian Men’s Team.
"The outcome of the meeting was basis the objective to not only assess the recent performance of the Men’s national team at the World League Semi Final tournament as well as the European Tour but to also take concrete steps towards a winning performance in critical upcoming tournaments including the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup coming up in 2018 and the 2020 Olympic Games," the release added.
Oltmans, 63, a Dutch hockey coach, was appointed as the chief coach of the Indian men's team in July 2015 after fellow Dutchman Paul van Ass was removed five months after taking charge.
Oltmans, who was then working with Hockey India as its high performance director, had earlier coached the Netherlands to the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and the World Cup title two years later. He was the seventh foreign coach of the Indian team in the last decade.


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