Jun 20, 2015
Preview: Already positive of a place in subsequent year’s Rio Olympics, a loose Indian men’s hockey organisation would demeanour to examination with a strategies in a FIH World League Semifinal where it takes on a squalid France in a side’s foe opener on Saturday.
The Hockey World League (HWL) Semifinal in a Belgian city of Antwerp, hosting a initial vital general hockey foe given a 1920 Olympics, offers approach entrance to a 2016 Olympics for 3 teams any in a organisation and women’s competitions.
The Indian men’s organisation is a usually one in this tournament, that includes reigning World Champions Australia besides former Olympic champions Pakistan and Great Britain, to have already cumulative a thoroughfare to Rio by trait of winning a bullion award during a Incheon Asian Games final year.
Under a stewardship of new arch manager Paul outpost Ass, a Indian men’s organisation has a singular oppulance of perplexing out new strategies in a vital general event.
Van Ass concurred that India is now means to compare a gait set by a rivals, though his wards need to accelerate their ability of environment a gait to fit their diversion plan.
“When fit enough, a Indian players are utterly good when a rivals make a gait of a contest, though they need to learn to foreordain a upsurge of a contest,” pronounced Van Ass, who took assign of a Indian organisation twin months ago forward of a Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, where a organisation won a bronze medal.
“We need to be most improved in creation a speed of a game,” pronounced a Dutchman, adding that a organisation also needs to be some-more concurrent when fortifying a possess goal.
“Defending as a organisation is important. It is a structure story about removing a angles right.”
India’s gift for a Olympic Games has supposing Van Ass, a former Dutch inhabitant coach, some time to exercise his plan and consider a abilities of a players accessible to him, nonetheless a few injuries during a training stay forward of a Belgian tarry has been a disappointment.
Three late changes were done to a Indian patrol for a World League Semifinals.
India’s trail to a semifinal here is blocked by Australia, thrice World Cup holders, and arch-rivals Pakistan, beside Poland and France.
The French are India’s opening day rivals, who have grown in strength in new years.
“I wish a training on formulating early vigour will be clear when we go into a competition,” pronounced Van Ass.
Having got a feel of France’s ability in a warm-up diversion here early their week, India captain Sardar Singh said: “We’ll go out to strive early vigour and keep limit possession.”
It was a exile feat over France in a gift tournament’s final that cumulative India’s thoroughfare to a 2012 Olympic Games, that afterwards incited out to be an annoyance as a Indians finished during a bottom of a 12-team eventuality in London.
Three spots from any of a World League Semifinals are on offer for a Olympic Games, though even some positions outward a semifinals have picturesque chances of creation it to a 2016 Olympics. The mixed gift routes that allot 5 spots to continental tournaments can have some teams securing twin Olympic qualification, and that could concede even teams placed fifth or sixth in a World League Semifinals to make it to Rio. (PTI)