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Panel to probe World Cup debacle

Hockey India has formed a 10-member panel to conduct a postmortem once the team returns from The Hague.

Hockey India (HI) has formed a 10-member panel to conduct a postmortem once the team returns from The Hague next week.

Chief coach Terry Walsh and high performance director Roelant Oltmans were hoping for a top-six finish, but set top-eight as their target. The team will fight for the ninth position when they take on South Korea in the classification match Saturday. India lost three of their five pool matches, won one and were held by Spain.

The team’s habit of conceding late goals came to the fore after they allowed Belgium and England to score seconds before the final whistle. India finished fifth in the six-team pool. HI is under pressure to act after the sports ministry and Sports Authority of India were concerned over the lack of progress despite government spending crores on the sport.

HI secretary general Narinder Batra shot an email to Walsh and Oltmans and other officials, asking them to make a presentation on the team’s performance. “We should be thankful to goalkeeper PR Sreejesh that we did not finish at the bottom of the pool,” the mail said. The panel consists of nine former players, a SAI representative and Batra the chairman and CEO Elena Norman its convener.

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The coaching staff has been asked to give a match and player-specific analysis and focus on areas of responsibility. The meet will be held between June 30 and July 2. Meanwhile, assistant coach Jude Felix will be in charge of preparatory camp for next month’s Commonwealth Games.

First published on: 12-06-2014 at 02:09:04 am
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