Roelant Oltmans fired as head coach of Indian hockey team


New Delhi, 2 September(Wishav Warta): Roelant Oltmans has been sacked as the head coach of the Indian hockey team. The decision to end Oltman’s contract came at the back of a three-day Hockey India conclave that took some hard decisions following the nation team’s poor showing in the last two years.

Oltmans, who was initially appointed as a High Performance manager in 2013, became the head coach after Dutchman Paul Van Ass left controversially in 2015. The Indian hockey federation thus maintained its record of firing international coaches intermittently. It started with Australian legend Ric Charlesworth and the list includes Spaniard Jose Brasa and Australians Michael Nobbs and Terry Walsh.

The decision to sack Roelant Oltmans was taken by Hockey India on Saturday. Current High Performance Director David John will take over as the interim coach. India will be hosting the final of the FIH Hockey World League in December this year in Odisha. India will also host the World Cup in 2018.



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