New Delhi, 24 July 2014: Taking forward the plan of developing hockey at grassroots level in the country, Hockey India today announced the appointment of former coach Sukhvir Singh Grewal as the Manager, High Performance (North Zone).
Sukhvir Singh Grewal, who represented India in 1978 World Cup, will take charge on 1 August 2014. Earlier Hockey India also had appointed V Baskaran for the South Zone, who has already taken the charge from this month.
The North Zone comprises of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Delhi, which produced many world class players for India contributing towards the reach hockey history of the country.
This move of having separate managers high performance for North (Grewal), South (Baskaran), Central, East, West zones by Hockey India will further ensure its commitment towards identifying, developing and giving such players an international platform to showcase their skills in the game of hockey. The Manager High Performance of each zone will work under Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans.
This initiative by Hockey India will also help our State Member Units and Academies to get in place a more robust system towards the player development in individual regions. Having coached the Indian Men team for five years 1987-1992, Grewal understands the nuances of identifying, understanding and then developing a player in the right manner. He will also monitor and evaluate the performance of coaches in Hockey India Member Units and Academies and identify the talent for elite coaching opportunities. In consultation with Director High Performance, Sukhvir Singh Grewal will create, maintain and develop technical content for dissemination.
Speaking on the new appointment, Dr. Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “Hockey India today welcomes Sukhvir Singh Grewal and I would like to tell him that we are very happy that he accepted our proposal to be the Manager High Performance in the all important North Zone. In the past we have seen that this zone has brought to the forefront many world class players and who have made us proud. Hence this zone becomes very important for us as we are sure that there is a dearth of talent in this zone which needs to be skillfully developed”.
Speaking on his appointment, Sukhvir Singh Grewal said, “I thank Hockey India for starting the initiative of High Performance Development Programme at grassroots level in the country. Hockey has totally changed in the past few years, by starting this initiative at grassroots level, we can expect better results from Indian hockey in the coming years at international levels and even it will help us to create a greater pool of players”.
Sukhvir Singh, former coach for the Indian team had represented India at the World Cup in Buenos Aires 1978 and Asian Games in the same year. He was also the Director of Coaching and Development Committee formed by Hockey India for both Men and Women team in 2011. He was assistant coach of Indian team in 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and the coach of the Indian Men Hockey team from 1987-1992. He has also worked with Punjab Government as an in-charge of Hockey Development from 2005 to 2013.