Can English language lift Indian hockey? Yes, says Dutch team official

High performance director Roelant Oltmans says the knowledge of the language can ensure Indian players communicate better with foreign coaches, players and match officials.

updated: July 17, 2013 09:58 IST
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New Delhi: Speaking and understanding the English language can help Indian hockey players improve their on-field showing. The team's high performance director Roelant Oltmans believes this can help the team better understand foreign coaches and comprehend game situations abroad.

In a report published by the Times of India, Oltmans has been quoted as saying that there are times when foreign players, coaches and officials do not understand what the Indian players are trying to say or do. "I believe it's necessary for our players to improve their understanding of English. It's not only because you need to interact with a foreign coach sometimes but also if you want to communicate with foreign players." (Also read: Hockey India set to appoint foreign goalkeeping coach)

The Indian team has had a forgettable recent past with Aussie Michael Nobbs being axed and replaced by MK Kaushik - primarily due to losses in World Hockey League. "We had a situation in Rotterdam where the umpires did not understand why we had asked for a referral. Even if you want to ask for a referral, you have to make sure people understand you properly. It is important to make your question clear," said Oltmans.

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