In the latest development from India's hockey fraternity, the men's senior team's coach Harendra Singh has been removed from his post from Hockey India. Meanwhile, Hockey India haven't wasted any time and also went ahead to send invites for his successor. Harendra's exit was looking certain after his statement, criticising the umpires, weren't recieved well by the Hockey India Federation post India's quarterfinals exit from last month's Hockey World Cup (at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium).
Harendra will return to his former role of junior national team coach. "Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee met on Monday. The meeting was attended by chairman R.P. Singh and members including Olympians Harbinder Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali. Basis their discussions the committee has recommended to reassign Dronacharya awardee Harendra Singh as the coach for the Indian junior men's team.
The offer has been made by committee chairman R.P Singh for the said position to Harendra Singh for taking charge of the junior men's team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019," Hockey India said in a release.
There were rumours that Hockey India is pondering upon the option to bring in a new coach and they have done the same ahead of India's new challenges in the calender year. The decision has been finally taken and the national federation has invited applications for the head coach post.
It will be interesting to see who gets shortlisted and finally takes over from Harendra. India men's hockey team's recent coaches and their track record haven't lived up for long. In this regard, Harendra's successor will have a task to fulfill.
Talking about's India's performance in 2018, they failed to return with a gold medal in Asian Games at Jakarta, Indonesia. Under Harendra, they looked prolific and ended as joint-winners of Asian Champions Trophy ahead of the World Cup. After a promising start, India were shown the door by eventual runners-up, Netherlands, in the marquee event. This, thus, led to an end to Harendra's coaching stint.
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