The reason for the thorough training program behind the revival of Indian hockey: MM Somaya

Former Indian men’s hockey captain MM Somaya believes the coaching program established by Hockey India (HI) has been a major reason for the team’s success at the Tokyo Olympics recently.Also read – The 2022 Indian National Senior Hockey Championship starts on Friday

“Hockey India has done an amazing job for Indian hockey in the last decade by effectively streamlining the administration. They also made sure that today’s players get not only the best training, but also the best exposure, “Somaya said on Friday. Also read – Former Indian hockey captain Elvera Britto has passed away

“The Hockey India coaching program is another aspect in which they did well. I am happy that they are working on training Indian coaches with their coaching program, which has also received recognition from the FIH (International Hockey Federation). Going forward, I think we need to focus on preparing a fixed template for coaching at the basic and club levels, ”said Somaya, who was a member of the team that won gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and was captain of the 1988 Olympics. . Also read – Hockey Pro League: The Clinical India women’s national team was defeated by the Netherlands 2-1

After making his debut at the 1980 Olympics, Somaya continued to play a vital role at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, eventually leading the team as captain at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Somaya also spoke lovingly about a close group of players on the Indian team during his era.

“Many of us on the team that won the 1980 Olympic gold medal also played together in the team four years later at the Los Angeles Olympics. There were special players like Zafar Iqbal, Charanjit Kumar and Ravinder Pal Singh. We all played two Olympics together, but then, Merwyn Fernandes, Mohammed Shahid and I played together at three (Olympics), from 1980 until 1988.

“In those years, we created a special bond in the core group of the team and shared many shared memories. We would look forward not only to training camp and national team matches, but also to socializing together off the field, because those were really fun times, ”said Somaya.

About Mohammed Shahid, who was recognized as the best player in the world in his generation, Somaya said: “Mohammed Shahid started his career just one or two years before me, and we both retired at the same time in 1988. So we had a long a shared journey, and there was a good connection and level of trust between us. His main success was from 1980 to about 1987, during which he was probably the greatest player in the world.

“After that, he faced some difficulties in his personal life and took some time for hockey, but he worked very hard and fought to return to the team for the 1988 Olympic Games.”

After finishing his playing career, Somaya worked for a long time in the sports promotion department at Bharat Petroleum. He notes that he is now closely following Indian hockey, after retiring from a long and fulfilling corporate career.


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