Hockey team gets final Olympic training

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The final phase of Olympic training programme for the Indian hockey team commenced today under the supervision of new German coach Gerhard Rach.

Leverkusen, Germany:

The final phase of Olympic training programme for the Indian hockey team commenced today under the supervision of new German coach Gerhard Rach. All the 16 players went through their paces under the vigil of the coaching staff comprising Rach, Oliver Kurtz, Jagbir Singh and the goalkeeping expert Dutchman Frank Leistra. The first session of training at the RTHC Sports Complex was witnessed by Indian Hockey Federation President K P S Gill and Secretary K Jothikumaran. Intensive schedule The daily training programme is divided into three sessions. The first is the jogging and stretching regimen before breakfast while the second and third parts relate to outdoor turf training in the forenoon and evening. Special emphasis is being focused on penalty corner conversions, drag-flicks and other indirect variations from the circle. Game plan Leistra is fine tuning goalkeepers Devesh Chauhan and Adrian D'Souza with sideway shuffling. He is also focusing on D formation shuffles and forward and backward slides with the stick for penalty corner saves. The Dutch expert is also teaching the art of stopping the ball with the toe with immediate clearance, apart from instep stoppage. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey
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