Kindo not very optimistic about Olympic performace

Rourkela: With the nation expecting a good show by the Indian hockey team in the London Olympics, former Indian field hockey player Michael Kindo, is not very optimistic about its performance.

"I am at pains to say that I do not expect much from the team. Though it is undergone rigourous preparation, we have miles to go," said Kindo, who was a member of the 1975 World Cup winning team as well as the team that won bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

"I was very happy the day we qualified for the Olympics, but from there the real test started for us," he said.

Kindo added that India would face tough competitions from Germany, Holland, New Zealand and South Korea pitted in the same group as India.

"In Azlan Shah, we lost to New Zealand, though we have good outings against the Koreans. But this is a big platform and every team would give its best out of best," said Kindo, said the former Indian defender.

On preparation and performance of the team, he said that a silver lining in recent performances is that India is holding very well and the goal margins are very thin, which on a given day might turn out in India`s favour.

When asked assess coach Michael Nobbs` performance, he said, "He (Nobbs) is doing a good job. He should be given more time with long-term planning and should not be disturbed unnecessarily."