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Hockey India sacks chief coach Oltmans

 NEW DELHI, Sept 2: Hockey India today sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.

 High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the men’s team.

The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded today.

Though the federation did not say it in as many words, it is apparent that the HI bosses are not impressed with the Dutchman.

“Key decisions taken included Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans to step down,” Hockey India said in a release.

“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 power-packed meeting to assess the way forward for Indian hockey was attended by over 24 members over the last three days. – PTI

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