10 July 2013: Olympian and Arjuna Awardee Maharaj Krishan (M K) Kaushik has been appointed as coach of the Indian Senior Men Hockey team.
M K Kaushik will assist the chief coach of the team and 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. Roelant Oltmans, who is Director of High Performance at Hockey India, will be the Chief Coach in place of Michael Nobbs until new appointment.
Kaushik, who retired as Deputy Director of Sports, Government of Haryana, has experience of training Indian teams. He had coached Indian men’s team to the Gold in 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. Indian women’s team won bronze medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006 under his coaching.
On welcoming M K Kaushik for his appointment as a national coach, Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General of 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”.
M K Kaushik, Gold Medalist 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”.