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World Cup will be a learning experience: Terry Walsh

other Updated: Mar 14, 2014 00:23 IST
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The hockey World Cup, beginning at The Hague from May 31, will be all about sustained effort. Aware of the tough task, India's national hockey coach, Terry Walsh, and high performance director, Roelant Oltmans, were seen pooling in their coaching experience to prepare the players for the task.

Thursday's evening training session at the National Stadium focused on polishing goal-scoring skills, with the 27 probables being divided into four groups.

Walsh has been advocating that his hopes from the World Cup aren't high, and he stuck to it. "The event will be a big opportunity to rub shoulders with top teams, but our focus will be Asian Games in September," he said.

After being on the road for some time, the players, who assembled on Sunday after a short break for the month-long camp, looked rusty. A win in the Asian Games will give India a berth in the Rio Olympics. "My aim is a front-door entry, not a back-door one," said Walsh.

India had failed to qualify for the World Cup through the Hockey World League semifinals and continental championships, and had to wait for the results of the Asia-Oceania championships to qualify.

Walsh felt he had enough time to prepare for the Incheon Games. "We are improving and should be able to deliver the goods," he said.

On the shortcomings, he said, "We are focusing on all the areas."

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