Hockey: India need to compete against top teams regularly, says Roelant Oltmans

Oltmans also warned that it will be tough for India to qualify for World Cup to be held next year. "The qualification system for the World Cup is really tough. Now India has to win Asia cup in August to secure a place in WC," he said.

updated: June 23, 2013 18:43 IST
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New Delhi: If Indian hockey team is to improve, it must be exposed to some tough competition against top teams of the world on regular basis, Hockey India's high performance director Roelant Oltmans has suggested.

India finished sixth in the eight-team FIH World League RD 3 after losing to Spain. The India team could win only one match against the lower-ranked France while played draws against Ireland and New Zealand apart from losing to Australia, The Netherlands and Spain.

"India was playing against the best teams in this tournament. It was never going to be easy. Australia is second in world ranking while the Netherlands is 4th. Spain (7th) is 4 places above India in ranking. India do not get chances to play against top teams regularly.

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