Davidson for India to play more 'attacking hockey'

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Chennai, Jan 29: Commending the recent good performances of the Indian team as 'progressive,' FIH-Promoted Programme Project Director Bob Davidson today said India should play a more attacking game to win the Olympic Hockey qualifiers to be held at Santiago in Chile from March 1 to 9 and earn a berth for the Beijing Olympics.

In a chat with newsmen here, ''Promoting Indian Hockey'' Project Director Davidson said India should play more attacking hockey in the Olympic qualifiers. ''They play effective and attractive game. But they have to play more and more attacking hockey, which is required at the international,'' he added.

The Dutchman, who is here to witness the India-Belgium five match test series said, ''For attack you need to have a good defence. But a lot of hard work is required by the team in the Olympic qualifiers.'' He said the Indian national team's performance is progressive.

''Though not overwhelming, the team has been producing good results,'' he added.

The former international umpire said the task force for implementing the project would meet here this week to review and assess the work done so far in infrastructure development and work at grass-roots level and administration.

On the progress made by IHF in the '' 4 areas of concern'' outlined in his report, Davidzon said some progress has been made in evaluating and implementing the various operational plans.

The appointment of Ric Charlesworth as technical advisor is a step in the right direction. He is working closely with the Chief National Coach and the team.

He is also working with the junior and the sub-junior teams keeping in mind 2010 and 2012.

''Ric's work may require a longer duration,'' he averred.

He said the organising committee for the 2010 World Cup would convene a meeting in New Delhi on February 10 to plan the preparations further.


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