Former Australian defender Graham Reid appointed Indian men’s hockey coach

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Former Australian player Graham Reid was on Monday appointed as the new chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team.

Announcing the news, Hockey India president Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad said that they are hopeful that Reid’s experience as a player and coach would help in achieving desired results for the Indian team heading into the 2020 Olympics.

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”Graham Reid is backed by a successful career as a player and also comes with strong coaching experience, having worked with the Australian and the Netherlands national teams. We are hopeful his experience and expertise will help the Indian Men’s Hockey Team achieve desirable results leading up to and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Hockey India quoted the president as saying.

”It’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s hockey team. No other country has a history in this sport that can compare to India. As an opposition Coach I have enjoyed watching first hand, the steady rise of the Indian team to one of the most exciting and threatening teams in world hockey. I have a passion for the fast and attacking brand of hockey that India plays which marries closely with the Australian style. I am looking forward to working with Hockey India, SAI, MYAS, team Support Staff and players with the continuation of positive development of the team in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics. My wife will also be moving to India in August and we are very happy to be making a home in Bengaluru,” the 54-year-old said.

The former Australian hockey player will soon join the national side for the ongoing senior men’s national camp, which was scheduled to begin from Monday at the Sports Authority of India Centre in Bengaluru.

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