HI sets up jumbo panel to review India's show

Hockey India on Wednesday swung into action by constituting an 11-member committee which will review the national team’s dismal performance at the ongoing World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Named “Team, Coaching and High Performance Evaluation Committee”, it will comprise nine former players, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) representative and HI secretary-general Narinder Batra as its chairman. The players include Harb­inder Singh, Ajit Pal Singh, Balbir Singh, BP Govinda, Ashok Kumar, SS Grewal, Jagbir Singh, AB Subbaiah and Samir Dad. The chief executive officer of HI, Elena Norman, will be the convenor of the committee.

The meeting will be held in Delhi from June 30 to July 2.

India could muster just one win and one draw from their five matches in Group A. They ended up fifth out of the six teams in the group and will now be playing for the ninth position play-off against Asian champions South Korea on Saturday. India had finished at eighth place in the last edition at home.

 “This committee from now on will evaluate all events and will also visit coaching camps to see if the  things are moving in the right direction. This committee is for both men and women,” Batra said in a statement.

Batra has also demanded a detailed presentation from HI's High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, chief coach Terry Walsh and scientific advisor Mathew Eyles during the meeting for a point by point discussion.

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