Craig Fulton, newly-appointed Chief Coach of the Indian men’s hockey team reached India on Friday and will be joining the team in Sports Authority of India (SAI) Bengaluru on Saturday.
The 48-year-old South African landed in New Delhi where he met with Hockey India officials. On Friday evening, he will fly down to Bengaluru where the ongoing national coaching camp is being held at Bengaluru.
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Fulton, who was named the chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team by Hockey India in March 2023, comes with nearly 25 years of coaching experience and has achieved many milestones during his association with the Irish Men’s team and reigning Olympic Champions Belgium.
His rise to fame started with a stint with the Irish men’s team as the head coach between 2014 and 2018 when the team qualified for the Rio Olympic Games 2016. This was the Irish team’s first Olympic qualification in 100 years. This historic feat also won him the FIH Coach of the Year Award in 2015.
Following this, he worked as the assistant coach with the reigning Olympic champions Belgium, where the Red Lions won the gold medal in Tokyo. He was also part of the Belgian coaching staff when the team lifted the World title in 2018, in Bhubaneswar. He was also named Belgium’s Coach of the Year 2023 after coaching the Belgium club which won the national league.
Fulton’s first assignment with the team will be FIH men’s hockey Pro League 2022-2023 in Europe where they will take on Belgium, Great Britain, Netherlands, and Argentina in the remaining season of the tournament.
On his arrival in India, Fulton said, “I am really excited to be here finally. Look forward to meeting the squad, hopefully, tomorrow. We don’t have much time because the first FIH hockey men’s Pro League 2022-23 games are only just over three weeks away. There is lots of hockey in the next few months in the build-up to the Asian Games 2023. So, yes, I am really excited and look forward to getting started.”
Meanwhile, Indian men’s hockey team captain Harmanpreet Singh said that Fulton’s arrival will instil a new sense of enthusiasm and excitement ahead of the FIH Men’s Hockey Pro League 2022-2023.
“We are looking forward to playing under the guidance of our new chief coach Craig Fulton. His arrival ahead of FIH men’s hockey Pro League matches in Europe is a confidence booster for us. The team will continue to focus on our strength and work on putting up a good show in the upcoming tournaments,” Harmanpreet said.
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