New Delhi: Hockey India has appointed Olympic Gold medalist Mr. Maharaj Krishan Kaushik as coach of the Senior Men Hockey team. Mr. Kaushik will assist Mr. Roelant Oltmans, Director, High Performance, Hockey India who will now take the charge in place of Mr. Michael Nobbs till the appointment of the new chief coach.

Mr. Kaushik will join the training camp of the senior men team starting from 16 July, 2013 at SAI Centre in Bangalore for the preparations for the 9th Asia Cup to be held in Malaysia next month from 24 August- 1 September 2013.

Ms. Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India, handed over an appointment letter to Mr. Kaushik on Wednesday (10 July).

On welcoming Mr. Kaushik for his appointment as a national coach, Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India said “Mr. Kaushik had the desired credentials to work with the senior men team. I am hopeful that with his contribution the team will make improvement in the coming days and wish the team good luck to win the 9th Asia Cup and book their berth for the FIH World Cup 2014”.

Mr. M K Kaushik who was a member of the team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow said: “I am happy with my appointment with the senior men team. I have experience of working with different people from the coaching fraternity and will give my best."

Mr. Kaushik who retired as Deputy Director of Sports, Government of Haryana had earlier coached both the senior men and women teams. Under his coaching, India men team had won their last major international tournament, the 1998 Asian Games, Bangkok. In 1998, he received the Arjuna Award. Also, Indian women team had won Bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 under his coaching.

Hockey India media release.