Roelant Oltmans has been sacked as chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team due to the side’s below-par performance in the last 18 months. Current High Performance Director David John will take charge till a suitable replacement is found.
The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee. The meeting, which ended on Saturday, was attended by over 24 members, including HI selection committee chairman Harbinder Singh and his colleagues B.P Govinda, V. Baskaran, Thoiba Singh, Dr. A.B. Subbaiah and Dr. R.P Singh.
Oltmans, who was initially appointed as a High Performance manager in 2013, became the head coach after Dutchman Paul Van Ass left controversially in 2015.
Current players Joydeep Kaur, Sardar Singh, P.R Sreejesh, Manpreet Singh were also present alongside coaches Oltmans, Jugraj Singh, Arjun Halappa, Hans Streeder, Scott Conway, David John and Elena Norman.
India will be hosting the final of the FIH Hockey World League in December this year in Odisha. India will also host the World Cup in 2018.