Former India Hockey Coach Roelant Oltmans To Take Charge Of Pakistan Men’s Team

| March 8 , 2018 , 14:13 IST

Former Indian Hockey coach Roelant Otlmans has been appointed as Pakistan Hockey’s head coach. The Dutchman on Wednesday announced himself that he will be taking this job for a two-and-a-half-year tenure.

Oltmans, who was in charge of Indian hockey for four years, first as High-Performance Director and later as the chief coach since 2015 before his unceremonious sacking last September, took to his official Twitter handle to confirm the appointment. Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) hasn’t officially confirmed this news.

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This will be Oltmans’s second stint as Pakistan’s head coach, after previously guiding the team to the fifth position in 2004 Athens Olympics Games.

Meanwhile, in 2013 he was initially appointed as the High-Performance Director by Hockey India.

However, in 2015 he took over as head coach after the controversial sacking of fellow Dutchman Paul Van Ass.
He was relieved of his services in September 2017.

The appointment is considered as a crucial step in reviving Pakistan hockey after the erstwhile giants of the game failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Once confirmed, Oltmans will have to get down to business straightaway as Pakistan are scheduled to feature in the Commonwealth Games, Champions Trophy, Asian Games besides the World Cup later this year.