Despite FIH threat WSH will be a success: Oltmans

New Delhi: Players being warned by the FIH to stay from the World Series Hockey is a "serious issue", says the event`s Delhi franchise coach Roelant Oltmans but he is hopeful that the deadlock will be sorted out soon.

"The FIH warning is a serious issue at the moment. Not only for the Indians but for overseas players also. Talks with the authorities are on and I hope that everything will be sorted out. We will have the best players and this league will be a huge success," 57-year-old Dutch, who is coaching the Delhi Wizards, told reporters.

The USD two million league does not have the support of the FIH, which has warned that any player taking part in it will be banned from international tournaments like the Olympics.

Hockey India has also threatened to punish national players who take part in the unsanctioned tournament, which is being jointly promoted by Indian Hockey Federation and Nimbus Sports.

Oltmans admitted that some of the members of his Delhi Wizards team are also facing the heat.

"I know that senior players like Shakeel Abbasi (Pakistan), Lucas Villa (Argentina) and Rajpal Singh are also facing the threat of suspension. I although hope that all of them will be a part of this big league," said Oltmans, the coach of Sydney World Cup champion Dutch women`s team and 1996 Atlanta Olympic and 1998 Utrech World Cup winner men`s team.


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