Indian Hockey Team Targets Medal at Champions Trophy

Updated: 31 May 2016 21:16 IST

Indian hockey team will be playing the six-team Champions Trophy in London from June 10 to 17.

Indian Hockey Team Targets Medal at Champions Trophy
Chief coach and director high performance Roelant Oltmans has said the Indian hockey team is aiming for a podium finish at the Champions Trophy. © NDTV

Bengaluru:

With less than 10 days to go for their opening match in the FIH Champions Trophy in London, Indian men's hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans said he is eyeing a top three finish in the high-profile tournament.

Oltmans believes if things go according to plans, the team will stand a good chance to win a medal in the Champions Trophy.

"Everybody knows we are good in the knockout stage. But Champions Trophy this year will be slightly different and we need to finish top two to play the final and be top four to play for bronze.

"It will be interesting to see how our players will cope to this situation and face the challenge. Our realistic expectation is to finish in the top three," he said about his expectations from the event.

India will face reigning Olympic champions Germany in the opening match of the tournament on June 10 and Oltmans stressed on the need to address issues in the team's defence structure.

"It (Defence) is the key to a team's success at a tournament. There are times when you can't score too many goals to win a match but you can certainly win by avoiding the opponents to score," he said.



"The Germans are known for their defence while the Australians defence is slightly unconventional compared to others and Argentina too heavily depend on their defence for good results. It helped them win bronze at the World Cup. In our structure, the entire team needs to work on defence. Some of our attackers are good in defence too and that is our strong point," the Dutchman added.

Soon after Champions Trophy, the Indian team will travel to Spain for a Test series as part of their preparation for the upcoming Rio Olympics, the squad for which will be picked in July.

"There will be a little bit of pressure. It is a challenge the players need to be prepared for and show their best hockey. Only 16 out of 29 members in the camp will get to play at the Olympics and that is quite a sizeable number to drop," Oltmans said.

"They will have to challenge other players in the team which is why every match, every performance is important," he said.

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Highlights
  • Champions Trophy will be played in London
  • The event will be played from June 10 to 17
  • India won a Champions Trophy medal only once, a bronze way back in 1982
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