Mental Conditioning Coach Paddy Upton To Help Indian Men’s Hockey Team In Paris Olympics


This is the biggest thing for Hockey India as the sporting body has appointed renowned South African mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton to assist the men's national team at the Paris Olympics. Upton, who played a role in India's 2011 Cricket World Cup win, will be part of the country's men's hockey team's support staff in Paris. He was also there when the team won gold medals in the recent Asian Champions Trophy and Asian Games. Indian men's hockey team head coach Craig Fulton confirmed to PTI that Upton will be accompanying his wards at the Olympics.

When asked about the services of a mental conditioning coach, Fulton said, “We have Paddy Upton, he will be with us in Australia (for the Test series). We will use him wisely. Obviously he will be with us for the Olympics. will accompany.”

Fulton, also a South African, believes that India, ranked fourth in the world rankings, are still to reach their peak and have a lot of ground to cover in the coming months.

“We are not complete yet, but we will be there in 4-5 months from the Olympics.

“Ideally any high-performing team wants to win any tournament. To be realistic that's the ideal target. But realistically, we're fourth in the world now, does that mean a podium 'not right now' , but that's the beauty of hockey,” he said.

“Actually, we're not there yet but we still have time.” The coach said that the Indian team is currently in a phase of development.

“We are in a development phase with the team. We are trying to build some depth at different positions. It is important to do that now because it really counts in important matches at the Olympics,” he said.

Talking about India's recent domestic campaign in the FIH Pro League, Fulton said he was neither satisfied nor disappointed.

“If you look at the four games – 2 against Holland, 2 against Australia – I think we were disappointed with the second game against Australia, 5 minutes before we were 2-1 ahead and then we made a mistake which was punished. Miley and then we lost the shoot-out,” he said.

“The first game was strange, we learned a lot of lessons tactically there, but were 0-2 down after 90 seconds.

“But I think in the Dutch games we were really organised. But 2-2 I thought was a fair result for both games. They are the league leaders and they are the team to chase at the moment.” Fulton is in no mood to make any major changes in the style of play and said that the upcoming Australia tour is of great importance for the team.

“Now we are in Bhubaneswar for the next three weeks for training and then we will go to Australia for five Test matches and that is really important, and then we come back to Bengaluru and after the selection is done, we leave for the Pro League. Will be.

“We're just continuing our training, our focus is on getting a lot stronger defensively, we need to improve on our offense. We're not making too many changes, just getting better and being consistent,” he said. Focusing.”

India is scheduled to tour Australia from April 2 to April 15 for a five-Test series in Perth.

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