Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hockey India forms 11-member committee to evaluate India's World Cup performance

Hockey India (HI) has formed a 11-member committee to evaluate India's pathetic performance at the 2014 World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands. India had finished fifth in the six-team preliminary Group A, winning just one match and drawing one and losing three games. The fifth-place finish meant India will not be able to improve or retain their eight position of the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi.

The committee – named as Team, Coaching and High Performance Evaluation Committee – will comprise nine former players, a representative from the Sports Authority of India besides HI secretary general Narinder Batra as the chairman.

The former players, who will be part of the panel are Harbinder Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, Col Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, Ashok Kumar, S S Grewal, Jagbir Singh, A B Subbaiah and Samir Dad. HI's chief executive officer Elena Norman has been named as the convenor of the committee.

The committee will meet for three days June 30 till July 2. The HI has sought a detailed presentation from HI's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, chief coach Terry Walsh and scientific advisor Mathew Eyles during the meeting.

Interestingly, HI has also sought independent reports on India's below-par performance from the team's coaching staff, which includes Oltmans, Walsh along with other coaching staff members like M K Kaushik and Sandeep Sangwan.

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