New Delhi, November 29: Hockey India (HI) announced the appointment of David John as the High Performance Director.

Australian David Ian John is vastly experienced in Exercise Physiology, who has worked with Indian National Men’s Hockey Team as the Physiologist/Scientific Advisor prior to the London Olympics in 2012, for almost 18 months.

During his tenure the team has taken home medals from Asian Champions Trophy, Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and many others.

In his role he had implemented and introduced new strength and training programs for the Indian men’s team.

He had also worked in a similar role, as a Performance Director for two teams of the Hockey India League (HIL), most recently for Kalinga Lancers’ for the 2016 season where the team finished as runners up.

David has experience working across sporting disciplines, which include Hockey, Rugby, Australian Rules Football and Triathlons.

Speaking about the appointment, HI Secretary General Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad said: “We welcome David’s inclusion into a role that has over the years become one of great importance for Hockey India.

“A High Performance Director’s role is one that is not just demanding in the present but also has to include a vision for the future. “We are confident with David’s extensive experience and background in Sports Science that he along with the Chief Coaches for each of the Men and Women programmes that our athletes will have the best planning and assistance ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.” Mr Ahmed added that David’s enthusiasm in developing and identifying national talent would strengthen Indian hockey for the next Olympic cycle.

Mr David has flown from Australia and hopes that his previous experience of being with the Indian side would help in his new role.

“The role comes with its own unique set of challenges. I am hopeful that my previous experience as well as the presence of people who share a deep and long history with the game in the country will help me fulfil my role,” he said.

“One of the crucial areas is the identification and nurturing of talent in the country and look to develop the team for the 2020 Games. I look forward to working towards that,” he added.

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