By M. Santhiran
NEW DELHI, April 2 (Bernama) -- Hockey fans can expect to see a much-rejuvenated Indian men's hockey team at the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia, promising a more attacking game under their new chief coach Paul van Ass.
For van Ass, who secured a silver medal for the Dutch national team at the 2012 London Olympics, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh from April 5 to 12 will be the first major test in preparing the Indian team which has already qualified for next year's Rio Olympics.
The 54-year-old van Ass has been working with the Indian team for the past two weeks after taking over the hot seat following the acrimonious departure of Australian Terry Walsh.
When met at the Major Dhyan Stadium here Wednesday evening prior to the last training session of the Indian national team, van Ass told Bernama the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup was an important tournament because his players would be playing with some teams ranked much higher than India.
He was slowly trying to understand and analyse the Indian style of play, he said, adding that the team had its strengths and weaknesses.....