HI appoints scientific advisors, women's team analytical coach

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NEW DELHI: With an aim to build on their historic Tokyo Olympics 2020 campaign, Hockey India on Monday announced the appointment of a new women's team analytical coach and scientific advisors for both senior men and women's hockey teams.

South Africa's Patrick Tshutshani will take over the duties of analytical coach for the Indian women's hockey team. Tshutshani in his previous roles was the director/ head coach of Field Hockey Canada junior women's team. He had coached the team that clinched the 2021 Women's Pan America Junior Championship title. He was also the assistant coach of Field Hockey Canada women's national team. Among his many international assignments since 2009, Tshutshani has worked as an assistant coach for Hong Kong women's team. He has also worked as the assistant coach and head coach of the South African junior women’s hockey team for the 2016 Junior World Cup and assistant coach for South African junior women’s hockey team for the 2013 Junior World Cup.  

Taren Naidoo, also a South African, takes charge as scientific advisor for the Indian eves. With an experience of nearly 10 years, Naidoo previously worked as head hockey sports scientist and strength and conditioning specialist for both South African men and women’s hockey teams. She was also the head sport scientist and performance analyst for the South African women’s Tokyo Olympics squad.  

Meanwhile, Australia's  Mitchell Pemberton will take charge as acientific advisor for the Indian men's hockey team. Pemberton was associated with Hockey Australia as the strength and conditioning coordinator for junior men’s team. He was also the head of athletic performance and athletic performance coach at the ACT Academy of Sport and the strength & conditioning coach for Contractor Royal Australian Airforce.