Free Press Journal
  • HI re-shuffles coaches again

    “It is an honour for me to now manage the Indian men’s hockey team. It has been a very satisfying journey with the Indian women’s hockey team and I would like to thank Hockey India for entrusting me with the new role as we prepare ourselves for a very important season ahead.”

  • Punishments are Marijne’s way to improve discipline

    New Delhi : Sjoerd Marijne is handing out punishments to erring players training for the Commonwealth Games, the Indian men’s hockey team chief coach trying out the unique experiment to inculcate in his wards discipline, which he says is key to achieving success.

  • Indian men’s team grabs women’s coach

    Besides Sjoerd Marijne, World Cup-winning junior team coach Harendra Singh was also appointed High Performance Specialist coach of the senior women’s team.

  • … And the man to take Oltmans’ advise!

    Marijne wants a cultural change in the way the sport is run in the country and said under him the approach would be “players driven and coach assisted”.

  • Head coach of India’s men hockey team asked to go

    New Delhi : Hockey India (HI) on Saturday sacked high-profile chief coach of the Indian men’s team Roelant Oltmans for the country’s poor show at the World League Semi-Final. The governing body of Indian hockey arrived at the decision at its three-day review meeting. India had finished sixth in the tournament, which is a qualifier for next year’s World Cup. India however, have already qualified for the showpiece event on the basis

  • I was prepared to be sacked from Day One, says Oltmans

    New Delhi : “I was always prepared to be sacked,” says Roelant Oltmans after Hockey Indian removed the legendary Dutchman despite a largely successful stint of four-and-a-half years. India has always been a difficult place to work for foreign hockey coaches due to difference of opinion with national federations and bureaucratic hurdles.

  • Hockey India sacks chief coach Roelant Oltmans

    New Delhi: Hockey India today sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level. High-Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the the men’s team.

  • India eyeing perfection against Malaysia at HWL

    London : Jolted by a loss to the Netherlands, India would look to regroup quickly when they take on Malaysia in the quarter-final of the Hockey World League Semi-Final.

  • Roelant Oltmans happy, but not satisfied

    London : India chief hockey coach Roelant Oltmans exuded satisfaction after his boys went on a goal spree against Pakistan in the Hockey World League Semi-Final but said they still need to work on some areas.

  • Azlan Shah an important test for India, feels Oltmans

    Bengaluru : Chief coach Roelant Oltmans feels the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will give a clear picture of where the Indian hockey team stands after working rigorously on the physical and mental aspects.

  • Dominant India look to continue winning streak

    Kuantan : The Indian men’s hockey team will look to continue their winning streak in the ongoing 4th Asian Champions Trophy when they take on China in their fourth clash today.

  • ‘Focus is on bringing variations in midfield’

    Bengaluru : Back in the national camp after a four-week break since the Rio Olympics, an upbeat Indian men’s hockey team have now shifted focus to the new season which starts with the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia where they will meet arch-rivals Pakistan.

  • Results were satisfactory, says Roelant Oltmans

    New Delhi : His wards might have failed to break the medal jinx at the Rio Olympics, but Indian men’s hockey team’s chief coach Roelant Oltmans says their results in the quadrennial extravaganza were satisfactory if not ideal.

  • Who’s responsible?

    As India’s chances of getting a medal recede at the Rio, with only the shuttler PV Sindhu holding out a promise, are the men and women behind the athletes equally responsible for the poor showing? How far are the coaches responsible for the lack of medals at the 31st Olympic Games?

  • New Olympic format is good for India: Roelant Oltmans

    “I can assure you the group dynamics are good or may be even better under actual circumstances. Sardar can now completely focus on his game, and let rest of the players shoulder more responsibility. This exactly was the aim when we discussed it (replacing Sardar with Sreejesh). Sardar along with (vice-captain) SV Sunil, VR Rahunath Manpreet Singh and Sreejesh forms a group of captain. I believe it is a positive

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    New competition format in Olympics is good for India: Oltmans

    Bengaluru: Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans today said the new competition format of having quarterfinals in place of direct semifinals in the upcoming Rio Olympics is not only beneficial for the Men in Blue but all small teams. “If you have teams like Argentina, Germany and Holland in your group, it becomes that difficult to end up being the top two teams in your group. It

  • CT over, focus is now on Rio: Oltmans

    New Delhi : Having achieved the goal of a podium finish at the recently-concluded Champions Trophy in London, the Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans has now set his eyes on his next big target — the Rio Olympics.

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    Indian men’s team climbs to fifth spot in hockey rankings

    Lausanne: India’s men’s team climbed to the fifth spot of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings on Tuesday. The rankings were released after the conclusion of the hugely entertaining 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy in London. In the men’s tournament final, India were pipped by reigning world champions Australia 1-3 via penalty shoot-out and had to settle for their maiden silver medal in the meet earlier this month.