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Indian Hockey team gets new trainer

The Indian men’s hockey team is all set to welcome another Australian as its new trainer, following the unfortunate pull-out of David John.

Hockey India has appointed Jason Conrath as the new exercise physiologist of the national team. The Aussie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and health, and is expected to join the Indian team at its ongoing camp in Patiala by November 15, following the completion of visa formalities.

As has been the trend in recent times in Indian hockey, any support staff is appointed only on the recommendation of coach Nobbs. So like David John, Conrath was also appointed on his recommendation.

It may be mentioned here that John refused to extend his contract with Hockey India after the country’s disastrous London Olympics campaign, citing low salary.

It is learnt that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) had roped in the services of John on a monthly salary of $5500.

The Aussie was credited for the improved fitness levels of the national team, something even coach Nobbs publicly acknowledged.

Conrath will have his hands full as he has a massive task of guiding the national team to achieve high fitness levels before it takes part in the two upcoming tournaments – Lanco International Super Series at Perth (from November 22 to 25) and FIH Champions Trophy at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne (from December 1 to 9).

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