Ipoh, Malaysia: One the first foreign coaches to have worked with the Indian team, German Oliver Kurtz feels that Indian hockey has become more professional now, the lack of which resulted in the eight-time Olympic champions slide in the last three decades.
Kurtz, who assisted countryman Gerhard Rach as coach of the Indian team in the 2004 Athens Olympics where the team finished seventh, reminisces his short stint with India and said a professional approach is key to any country's success in modern day hockey.
"Indian hockey is more professional now. It is making a big difference. There is a totally different culture in Asia. Earlier, there was no professionalism in teams like India and Pakistan which I believe is a reason behind their fall in world hockey," Kurtz told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of the ninth Asia Cup here.