Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mukesh Kumar lands hockey coach job

Olympian Mukesh Kumar has been appointed coach of the Indian national hockey team and will be a part of head coach Michael Nobb's team, Hockey India announced on Wednesday.

Kumar, who was recently in news for walking out of a national camp after being denied charge of the junior team will take over his duties from Thursday, HI secretary general Narinder Batra said.

"Mukesh has been appointed as a coach of the senior men's team. He will be a part of the coach's set-up engaged with the team under chief coach Nobbs," Batra said.

Batra also said the duration of the Padma Bhushan recipient has not been worked out.

"It has not yet been finalised. It depends on the chief coach's wish because as per Nobbs' contract he also has to train our Indian coaches."

Kumar had recently walked out of the national camp in Bangalore after realizing that he was to work under then senior team coach Harendra Singh.

The 41-year-old had earlier expressed his willingness to assist a foreign coach with the national team or be given complete charge of the junior side.

"I always wanted to work under a foreign coach as his assistant. I was offered the coach's post of the women's team but I refused because I wanted to be a part of the men's set- up," he said.

Mukesh represented India in three consecutive Olympics starting from 1992 Barcelona Games and scored 80 goals in 307 international appearances.

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