Team needs to improve: Rajinder

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Chief hockey coach Rajinder Singh is a happy man after India's qualification to the Athens Olympics.

New Delhi:

Chief hockey coach Rajinder Singh is a happy man after India's qualification to the Athens Olympics, but he admitted the team needs to improve its performance by a few notches to finish in the medal bracket in the mega event in August. "It was overall a good performance in Madrid. But we have still certain grey areas which we need to work upon. The goalkeeping is required to be improved and we should regularly convert penalty corners. The defence has to be tightened up," he told reporters at the airport after the team's arrival from Madrid early today. India's fourth-place finish in the 12-nation tournament earned it a place in the Athens Olympics. The coach said the next few months would be crucial in preparing the team for the big event. "The next four to five months are going to be very important. We would be working on our weaknesses and go to the Olympics even stronger," Rajinder said. He admitted that India played under tremendous pressure in the qualifiers which had its effect on the performance of the players. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey
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