Hockey India to advertise for senior coach, Harendra Singh offered charge of junior team

first_imgHarendra Singh was offered the role of the junior men’s hockey team coach once again as Hockey India said they would invite applications shortly for the position of the chief coach of the senior hockey men’s national team. Harendra, who led Team India to a bronze-medal finish at the Asian Games and a quarter-final finish at the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar was under scanner since the Asian Games.India lost the opportunity to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics directly as they lost on penalties to Malaysia in the Asian Games and had to settle for a bronze. In the World Cup at home, India put up some good performances but eventually, they were shown the door by Netherlands in the quarter-final.Hockey India has been looking for a quality foreign coach and Harendra’s controversial comments after the World Cup match against Netherlands did him no good.Harendra criticised the refereeing in the post-match press conference and was issued a notice by the FIH.Harendra had guided the India’s junior men’s team to World Cup triumph in 2016 in Lucknow and Committee Chairman Dr. R.P Singh offered him to take charge of the junior men’s team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019.”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 23 March 2019.”In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello,” Hockey India said in a statement.advertisementHere is Hockey India’s press release:With a vision and emphasis on building a strong player base ahead of the 2021 Junior World Cup and the 2020, 2024 Olympic Games, Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee met on Monday, 7 January 2019. The meeting was attended by Chairman Dr. RP Singh and members including Olympians Harbinder Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali. Basis their discussions the Committee has recommended to reassign Dronacharya Awardee Harendra Singh as the Coach for the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team. The offer has been made by Committee Chairman Dr. R.P Singh for the said position to Harendra Singh for 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 and Harendra Singh’s abilities of grooming youngsters has been the key reasons for the think-tank at Hockey India to arrive at this recommendation.Though the year 2018 was very disappointing for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team with results not going as expected, Hockey India believes investing in the junior program which 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 23 March 2019. In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.Also Read | India need to develop world class drag-flickers: Former hockey captain Dilip TirkeyAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh under scanner againlast_img

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