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Here as Relationship Coach for Indian Team, Says Senior Hockey Chief Graham Reid

Overseeing India’s preparation for the upcoming FIH Junior World Cup, senior hockey crew’s chief coach Graham Reid referred to as himself a “relationship coach” who is only here to put “icing on the cake” to the facet’s title defence.

India, who received the final version of the Junior World Cup in Lucknow in 2016, will begin their marketing campaign from pool B, taking up France on the opening day right here on November 24.

After guiding India to a historic Olympic bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics, Reid has labored in tandem with junior coach BJ Kariappa at SAI Bangalore earlier than shifting base to Bhubaneswar.

“Now for me, it’s about placing the icing on the cake, making an attempt to instil a few of the values that now we have within the senior crew, the buildings which are put in place.

“It’s extra icing on the cake relatively than having to rebuild something,” Reid, who coached the senior crew to a historic bronze medal within the Tokyo Olympics, mentioned in a digital media convention.

“To be sincere, within the final month, I’ve undoubtedly been a relationship coach… You know, having (good) relationships with every of the gamers is de facto essential in order that when the chips are down these issues can come to the fore.”

Hit by the pandemic, the colts have been robbed of any abroad tour so the one preparation that they had was to tackle the senior crew earlier than the Olympics.

“If you recall earlier than going to Tokyo, that they had follow video games in opposition to senior boys which was beneficial for each the groups.”

Reid mentioned the senior camp would now be shifted to Bhubaneswar inside every week in order that the junior can have extra follow matches.

The 18-member junior crew shall be led by Vivek Sagar Prasad, who was a member of the bronze medal successful Olympics crew.

Asked whether or not there can be added stress, particularly after their Tokyo achievement, the 57-year-old Aussie nice mentioned: “I don’t assume so. There is already sufficient stress.

“When you’re the reigning champions, there may be already some additional stress. But what folks would perceive is that it’s a totally totally different crew than what we had 4 years in the past.

“We have to ensure we belief one another’s preparation and that’s what we shall be doing.”

The defending champions are in a simple pool with France, Canada and Poland.

“I don’t like to speak about different groups as a result of it comes again to chunk you. It doesn’t matter whom you play, it is best to all the time play good video games. The event concludes on December 5.

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