Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Roelant Oltmans quits as Pakistan men’s hockey coach

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By The Hockey Paper

Roelant Oltmans admitted that the Pakistan Hockey Federation couldn’t match his ambitions after he stepped down as men’s coach.

His tenure in charge of a second big Asian men’s hockey nation ended on Saturday after also serving as coach to the Indian men’s team.

However, it is reported that the Pakistan Hockey Federation has refused Oltmans’ letter to the governing body and is working to resolve the issue.

Oltmans failed to make inroads at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games as Pakistan finished outside the medals.

In a letter to the PHF, the 64-year-old stated: “I’m responsible for the performance and results of the team.

“I feel that the circumstances at present do not create an environment where we can get the best out of the team.

“I don’t think the PHF has the possibility to change the circumstances to a level that is required from my point of view.”

Oltmans was appointed as head coach in January.

At the Hockey Champions trophy, Pakistan finished last of six countries, while at April’s Commonwealth Games, Oltmans finished in seventh.

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