New Delhi: It’s been longer than 10 years since Jose Brasa left the Indian shores for great, yet the previous public mentor of the men’s hockey group actually keeps a tab in the advancement of the group he once prepared.
At present accountable for Old Club de Liege in Belgium, Brasa took over as India’s main mentor in May 2009 and stayed in office till the finish of Asian Games in 2010, and was among the primary unfamiliar mentors to come installed in Indian hockey.
Brasa observed the entirety of India’s matches at the Tokyo Olympics, where the men’s group finished the 41-year hang tight for the platform, and couldn’t resist the urge to slip once more into his days with the public group.
“Better believe it, part of recollections. I totally cherished the players. You will not get more dedicated players than Indians anyplace on the planet. That is the explanation a great deal of top mentors are consistently prepared to come to India and work with these young men. Shockingly, I can’t say something very similar for the individuals who run the game in India. I’m amazingly glad for what India have accomplished at the Tokyo Olympics, and might want to accept that I played a little part to play in the group’s prosperity,” Brasa told Firstpost from Belgium.
“Indian players want to progress admirably… genuine fire. That is on the grounds that a ton of them come from oppressed foundations and their lone response is hockey. As far as I can tell, I have consistently discovered them exceptionally anxious to learn and open to ideas.”
The Spaniard is credited with presenting a progression of logical advancements in preparing and wellness systems of the men’s group, for example, GPS following and perseverance tests, other than stressing on a protein-rich eating routine. While there was obstruction from the officialdom toward the beginning, Brasa some way or another prevailed with regards to carrying out his arrangements. A wellness culture was slowly sustained by the mentors who succeeded him.
“Indian players were not actually fit in those days. We were no match to the Australians and Europeans. At the point when you are not fit, you lose the ball effectively and are continually pursuing the game.
“Some portion of my agreement was that I needed GPS frameworks from Day 1. Be that as it may, I got them 15 days before the Asian Games 2010, very nearly year and a half get-togethers dominated. Thus, full credit to players to come from these frameworks and dominate. At the point when I take a gander at the group now, I feel wellness astute, they are the awesome the world and I am truly glad for them. It is difficult to clarify how hard these young men have functioned,” Brasa said.
Among the players he prepped were goalkeeper PR Sreejesh and star safeguard Rupinderpal Singh, both of who assumed key parts in India’s platform finish as of late.
“Indeed, I carried Sreejesh and Rupinder to the framework. Obviously, both were extremely skilled and it was apparent that they could play global hockey for quite a while. Be that as it may, the most complete player we had in those days was Sardar Singh. Sardar was amazingly fit and was in fact top notch. He had gigantic work rate. In any event, when we quit preparing for a speedy break, Sardar would unobtrusively do his stomach muscle crunches as different players loose. No big surprise, he served Indian hockey for quite a while.
“Aside from Sardar, Shivendra Singh and Sandeep Singh were very fit as well. Sandeep, I actually recollect, had a ton of force,” he reviewed.
Further, Brasa supported mentor Graham Reid’s full press style of play and said that it will bring India greater triumphs than the Tokyo decoration.
“India simply need to expand on this energy and proceed with their full press, assaulting strategy. This will get you greater accomplishment than the bronze decoration. My lone solicitation to the individuals who run hockey in India is, ‘let the mentors work.'”