Focusing on attacking variations: India's hockey coach Oltmans

Head Coach Roelant Oltmans said the focus during the camp is to bring variations in the midfield and forward line.

Published: 22nd September 2016 06:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2016 06:11 PM   |  A+A-

Roelant Oltmans (R)

India men's hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans (R). |AFP


BENGALURU: Back in the national camp after a four-week break since the 2016 Rio Olympics, Head Coach Roelant Oltmans said the focus during the camp is to bring variations in the midfield and forward line.

He also said that the squad is upbeat and has now shifted focus to the new season which starts with the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia where they will meet arch rivals Pakistan.

The selection trials to pick the team for the Asian Champions Trophy and Australia tour will be held on Friday at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) here.

"The focus during this month-long camp will be to bring about variations in the midfield and forward line structure. Of course fitness too will be a priority," Oltmans said.

"We have shown in the past one year that we are as good as any other top team in the world but we need to bring in consistency and create results that are in our favour. That's the key and we need to work on it.

"The mood in the team is very good and the players have moved on from their quarter-final loss against Belgium. They don't have bitter feelings about the Olympics because now they know they are on par with top teams in the world and they are often complimented by hockey lovers not just from India but around the globe for how they played at the Olympics," added Oltmans.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp