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Roelant Oltmans blames Hockey India

Indian hockey team’s former coach Roelant Oltmans has termed Hockey India’s allegation for his sacking as ridiculous.

According to the reports from TOI, the coach was sacked after Hockey India felt that the Dutchman’s interest in Indian hockey has reduced considerably.

The Dutchman said :

“The allegations made against me are ridiculous. It is disappointing to read what people in Hockey India are saying now. Firstly, I have no business interest in India to get distracted and to say I had become predictable as a coach or I confused the players is also wrong. After each tournament, we went through our performances and made changes.”

Roelant Oltmans

“Oltmans said the allegations were part of Hockey India’s strategy to take the focus away from his sacking. “I think Hockey India is trying to justify why they sacked me. I accept they wanted another coach; they may have had their reasons, so let them hire someone else, which they have. We will see in the future if the decision is right or wrong.”

“After the Olympics I was with the junior men’s team for four months in the build-up to the World Cup. Thirteen from the junior set-up were included into the core group this year. So where is the question of not encouraging youngsters?”

The actions from Hockey India has surely got an opposite reaction and it would be worth seeing if the board answers questions from Roelant Oltmans.