Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hockey India appoints Jude Felix as national men's team coach

Hockey India has appointed former Indian midfielder Jude Felix as the coach of the Indian men’s hockey team. According to HI, the former playmaker will work closely with current head coach Terry Walsh and High Performance Manager Roelant Oltmans.

He will replace Vasudevan Bhaskaran, whose four-month stint ended as he is believed to have cited health reasons for not joining the ongoing camp in New Delhi.

Felix will join the ongoing camp of the senior team at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in Delhi on March 27.  The move to induct ‘Indian’ flavor in preparing the Indian team of the 2014 World Cup 2014 should be seen in positive light. The Bangalore-based Felix will be on a three-month probation.

An Arjuna Awardee (1995), Felix was the national team captain from 1993-95. He also led India in the 1994 World Cup and in the 1994 Asian Games. Felix has played more than 250 international matches and represented India in two Olympic Games in 1988 (Korea) and 1992 (Barcelona), two World Cups in 1990 (Pakistan) and 1994 (Sydney), two Asian Games in 1990 (Beijing) and 1994 (Hiroshima) and three Champions Trophy in 1985 (Australia), 1987 (Pakistan) and 1989 (Berlin).

He has also worked as player-cum-coach with Paris-based Racing Club (European league and French League) in 1997 -2000. He also worked as the coach of Dutch U-18 National Team in the Leo Van Der Kar in 1997. Felix has worked as a player cum coach with Singapore Recreation Club from 1995- 1997 and 2001-2011. During this period, he won the Coach of the Year award in 2005 and 2007 from the Singapore Sports Council.

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