Oltmans to continue in his current role

Indian men’s hockey team is set to get a new foreign coach within two weeks time as the national federation has shortlisted four candidates for the top job.

Hockey India (HI) secretary general Narinder Batra has confirmed that they have received six applications from across the globe to fill the foreign coach’s post.

“In a day or two we will send the names to Sports Authority of India for their approval. The SAI will take a final decision on this issue after consulting us. We expect the new coach to be named within two weeks time,” Batra said.

“The report [claiming HI had proposed Oltmans to be appointed as the coach] is false and completely baseless. We haven’t discussed anything with SAI on this matter. The question of proposing Oltmans’ name for national team coach doesn’t arise at all as he is our High Performance Director. He is responsible for the development of all teams be it junior, senior, women’s,” Batra said.

“Oltmans himself played a key role in short listing the candidates. His views were also taken into consideration in pruning down the list,” he added.PTI