9/2/2017 5:05:58 PM

India sack field hockey coach Oltmans after poor run

India sack field hockey coach Oltmans after poor run

New Delhi, India: India's field hockey body announced Saturday that it was sacking coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of lacklustre performances in national and international tournaments, two years after he took charge.

Oltmans, 63, was named as India's field hockey coach in July, 2015 after fellow Dutchman Paul van Ass was removed just five months after assuming the position.

"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," Hockey India said in a statement.

The decision came after a three-day meeting to assess the men's national team's performance in a series of tournaments including the Hockey World League semi-finals last June in London where India finished sixth.

India went on to suffer a 1-3 loss against host Belgium in a European tour in August.

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