Hockey India has also put Harendra's assistant Chris Ciriello on ‘review’ while all Indian trainers associated with the team have been instructed to do FIH coaching courses to continue being a part of the set-up.
When contacted by The Indian Express, Harendra expressed surprise at his relegation to the junior team. “I don't know about this,” he said. When the Hockey India (HI) press release was read out to him, he declined comment.
Despite opposition from the Indian Olympic Association and the sports ministry, former Indian Administrative Services and United Nations officer BV Papa Rao was appointed as the AAI president in the elections.
In an interview with The Indian Express, the recently-retired playmaker Sardar Singh talks about how the lack of game sense has affected India’s chances and stresses on the need to keep the current playing group together.
Netherlands forward Jeroen Hertzberger was pretty sharp in his assessment. “Indian players need to realize that a quarter lasts for 15 minutes and not 14 minutes, 55 seconds,” he said, referring to Netherlands’ late first quarter equalizer on Thursday.