Asian Games result will determine Walsh, Oltmans` future: SAI

New Delhi: Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general Jiji Thomson on Tuesday made it clear that if Indian hockey team fares poorly at the Asian Games, it may spell ouster of India hockey coach Terry Walsh as well as high performance director Roelant Oltmans.

"It would be a knee-jerk reaction if we decided to replace them now. We will be patient till the Asian Games and based on how the team peforms, will take a call on their (Walsh and
Oltmans) future," Thomson told PTI.

India finished a disappointing ninth in the World Cup last month, fuelling speculation that the highly-paid Walsh and Oltmans might be on their way out.

Walsh draws around USD 12,500 a month and Oltmans USD 15,000. Thomson, who saw India`s matches at the World Cup in The Hague, said they will in get in touch with Hockey India (HI) once the Asian Games are over.

"I could not attend Hockey India`s review meeting last week as I was away. I will soon find out about HI`s assessment. But as I said, there is no point in taking any decision now. We know that Commonwealth Games will be tough as it will have higher-ranked teams like Australia, England, New Zealand and South Korea. We are more hopeful of a medal from the Asian Games," said Thomson.

"Penalty corner conversion has been one of India`s main concern. I am confident the team will fix that problem in the upcoming tournaments," he added. Walsh was named the head coach in October while Oltmans was appointed his role in January.

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