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�Unrealistic to expect a gold at Rio�

By The Assam Tribune

BENGALURU, March 29: Indian men hockey team�s chief coach Roelant Oltmans today said it would be unrealistic to expect a gold medal-winning performance from the past masters of the game in this year�s Rio Olympics. Oltmans said a top-six finish is what they are eyeing and anything above that would be a bonus.

�In last Olympics, India finished 12th and stood sixth in the World Cup a couple of years back. So, how realistic will it be to expect a medal? If we reach the top six position and manage to achieve even more, that could be a bonus,� he told reporters after a training session at the SAI Centre here. Oltmans said his approach of winning a tournament is very different from the Indian approach where people aim for medals.

�Our approach is different from Indians who dream of winning gold, a silver or the cup. Unlike I approach a tournament to win one match after the other,� he said. The Dutchman said he is not worried about the outcome in any tournament as for him the important thing is to execute plans successfully. �For me, the outcome of the tournament is not the most important thing but its executing our plans well against the best sides in the world,� he said. � PTI

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�Unrealistic to expect a gold at Rio�

BENGALURU, March 29: Indian men hockey team�s chief coach Roelant Oltmans today said it would be unrealistic to expect a gold medal-winning performance from the past masters of the game in this year�s Rio Olympics. Oltmans said a top-six finish is what they are eyeing and anything above that would be a bonus.

�In last Olympics, India finished 12th and stood sixth in the World Cup a couple of years back. So, how realistic will it be to expect a medal? If we reach the top six position and manage to achieve even more, that could be a bonus,� he told reporters after a training session at the SAI Centre here. Oltmans said his approach of winning a tournament is very different from the Indian approach where people aim for medals.

�Our approach is different from Indians who dream of winning gold, a silver or the cup. Unlike I approach a tournament to win one match after the other,� he said. The Dutchman said he is not worried about the outcome in any tournament as for him the important thing is to execute plans successfully. �For me, the outcome of the tournament is not the most important thing but its executing our plans well against the best sides in the world,� he said. � PTI

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