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Asiad gold will have telling impact on Indian hockey: Walsh

Asiad gold will have telling impact on Indian hockey: Walsh
The Asian Games gold medal after a hiatus of 16 years will have a ‘telling impact’ on Indian hockey, feels chief coach Terry Walsh, insisting that ‘sustainability’ would be the key to produce ‘continued excellence’.

A spirited India outclassed arch-rivals Pakistan 4-2 in a nerve-wrecking shoot-out to regain the Asian Games men’s hockey gold medal after a gap of 16 years and also sealed a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

And Walsh said the yellow metal in Incheon is an ‘indicator’ of the team’s progress. ‘The situation now is very delicately balanced. So this gold is definitely going to have a telling impact on Indian hockey. We have moved to a better place with the team than what we were a year back,’ the Australian told PTI in an interview.

‘It was much-needed, the gold was a great tonic. It gave a good measure of our progress.

‘But the real question from here on is sustainability and improvement. The need of the hour now is to make some aggressive strategy. We will have to make some changes because constant changes are a must to produce consistency and continued excellence,’ he said. Walsh said a strong development programme from the grassroot level is a must if India wants to achieve consistency in their performances.
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