India best team in Asia: Oltmans

Vastavam web: Pakistan coach Roelant Oltmans says India were by far the best side in the Asian Games and should be disappointed to end their campaign with a below-par bronze medal. Oltmans, who was sacked as India coach last year, was appointed Pakistan coach in March. “They are by far the best team in Asia. It was surprising that they lost to Malaysia (in the semis). They should be disappointed,” Oltmans told PTI after India beat Pakistan 2-1 in the third place play-off.

“It is disappointing to lose to India today. I think we were better in the third and fourth quarter. But is still early days (for the development of the team). We are trying to build a proper structure and put Pakistan hockey back on track,” said the Dutchman. Oltmans is someone who knows a lot about the current crop of players. A lot of people may think the culture in India and Pakistan is alike but Oltmans doesn’t think so. “The two countries are completely different. The biggest difference is the religion. It is not a negative neither a positive. It is what it is,” he said. Like Oltmans, former Pakistan player Rehan Butt was too surprised that India lost to Malaysia.