Coaches facing problem of non availability of good sticks and balls

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Bangalore, Nov 22 (UNI) Coaches who participated in the one-day 'Coaches Clinic' held by Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) at Sports Authority of India, South Centre in the outskirts of the City, today expressed dissatisfaction over non availability of good quality hockey sticks and balls.

Coaches of Under 16, 18 and 21 were also not satisified with Goalkeeper equipment available at present.

Indian Hockey Team Chief Coach Joaquim Carvalho who conducted the Clinic told newsmen that the problems faced by by Coaches would be conveyed to SAI authorities with a request to attend to the problems.

Replying to a question, the he clarified that though coaches were appointed by IHF it was responsibility of SAI to provide necessary infrastructure including equipment for the camps.

He said that this was for the first time such a platform involving Coaches of all age group were held. "It was very useful as from these groups we expect future players who figure in the National team and bring laurals to the country." Carvalho said that Under 16 team coaches were advised not to put more stress on the players. The platform gave an opportunity to impart coaching skills of Senior coaches and interact.

He said that Under 21 Chief Coach A K Bansal expressed that Coaches should be involved in selecton process and it was supported by all. "We need coaches who can demonstrate in the field and this sort of Clinic would certainly help furture of the Hockey, he said." Besides Carvalho, IHF Technical Director M M Somiayya, Coach M P Singh, Asst. Coach M Ramesh Parameswaran, Goal Keeper Coach Devesh Chauhan, Physical Trainer Ganguly Prasad and Physio Srikant Iyengar gave lessons to the Coaches attending the Clinic.

Coaches who attended the Clinic included U-16 Chief Coach Gundeep Kumar, Coaches Thlenga and Basantha, U-18 Chief Coach R Mishra, Coach Samsud Zoha, U-21 Chief Coach A K Bansal.

Later, SAI Regional Director Shyam Sundar presented cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh each to the Asia Cup winning team including National Coach and five other subsidiary staff on behalf of IHF. It may be recalled here that IHF President G S Gill had announced the cash prize in Chennai immediately after the team retained the title defeating South Korea 7-2.


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