Sandeep Singh needs to do better to regain India berth: Harendra Singh

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"I think the London Olympic preparation under Michael Nobbs wasn't that good because he came in 2011 July and within one year no coach can produce a medallist. You need to give him time. I think Michael Nobbs had very less time. The guidance from supporting coaches was not good.

"I would have guided him saying plan for the future and the few senior players like Arjun Halappa, Raj Pal Singh, Bharat Chikara, Prabhjot Singh could have gone to the London Olympics, who were experienced and we could have finished in the top six."

Harendra felt that with the new crop of players on the ascendance, India can aim to finish in the top four in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"With the preparation and new players, I am sure we will be in the top four because players like Mandeep (Singh), Manpreet (Singh), Gurjinder (Singh), Birendra Lakra are good. ,Their energy is quite good. Youth is the future. I am happy that youngsters got a chance to play and 2016 looks very good."

According to Harendra, the ongoing feud between rival national bodies, Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation can be sorted out through discussions.

"Hockey has been hit and players are also suffering. As a former player and coach, I believe that if both the federations' intention is to keep hockey on top, they should keep their ego aside.

"I don't think there is any problem in the world that can't be solved across the table. And the sooner it gets resolved, Indian Hockey can rise further from where it is now," he said.

Harendra felt if the Indian team had used technology in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it would have been assured a medal.

"We were lacking in technology. Since 1998, technology has boomed in sports and if in Sydney Olympics we had used technology, then after a long time India would have gained a medal in Olympics," Harendra said.

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