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Harendra Singh new coach of junior hockey team; Baljit Singh Saini relieved

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 - 7:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Former senior hockey national coach Harendra Singh was on Monday asked to take over the reins of the junior team by Hockey India (HI) with an eye on the 2016 Junior World Cup.

Singh will be the coach of the team along with BJ Kariappa. However, Baljit Singh Saini, who was also the coach of the team, will not be a part of the current coaching staff.

"Baljit will be looked upon for other things around Indian hockey, like the development squad. Singh will be in charge of the current junior team along with Kariappa," HI secretary general Narinder Batra told dna on Monday.

HI have decided not to hire a chief coach for the junior team this time. It may be recalled that Gregg Clark was appointed as the chief coach of the junior team in April 2013 for a period of one year. The South African, however, decided not to renew his contract.

"There will be no chief coach or head coach of the junior team. There will be only one chief coach for Indian hockey, and that is Terry Walsh (senior national coach), Batra added.

Singh said he will bank on his vast coaching experience to strengthen the squad.

"My coaching experience and its course till date has given me this splendid opportunity to work with the junior men hockey team as a coach and to spruce up the squad's abilities and strength and help them in moulding them on a world class platform," he said.

Singh, who started his coaching career in 1998, has an experience of approximately 379 matches, which includes Sydney Olympics (2000), World Cup (2005-Jr, 2006 and 2010), Asian Games (2006 and 2010), Asia Cup (2004-Jr and 2009), Champion's Challenge (2009) and various other tournaments.

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