Rio Olympic Games Preview: “Performance Predictions” by Coach Shiv Jagday

Conclusion: The intent of this article is to achieve, the following objectives, once the Rio Olympics are over;

  • Realize and understand that our game has huge strengths with some glowing deficiencies – missing links – in our Technical and Tactical skillset.
  • Develop analytical awareness of the present situation. Where we are and where we want to be during the Tokyo 2020 or 2024 Olympic Games.
  • Design a strategic plan, with deadlines, to fill this knowledge gap.
  • Improve upon the “Junior coach education programs, Player development models and the training methods”.

First let’s see, How true these predictions are?

Once it becomes clear that we do have these glowing deficiencies – missing links – in our Technical and Tactical skillset. It will be wise for the newly formed FIH Hockey Coaching Academy and each National Hockey Federation to take action.

Quote: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

Parting comments:

We have come a long way and have a long way to go, as a Global Hockey Family. During the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where only 3 teams participated; India, Japan and USA. Winning an Olympic medal was not that hard. The Indian goalkeeper Alan was signing autographs, when the opponents – USA – scored a goal against India. Final score being 24 – 1 in favor of India. Yes, India did win the Olympic gold medal.

Let’s Collaborate: We all need to collaborate and work systematically, as a team to build upon our strengths and improve upon the weakness. We are living in an era of information age and knowledge worker. There is no reason why we all cannot bridge this knowledge gap.

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By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the owner of A Hockey World. Contact: