New Delhi, 5 September 2023: Hockey India on Tuesday officially welcomed Mr. Artur Lucas as the Coach, Video Analyst. He will work with all four Indian Hockey Teams – Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men, and Junior Women at the SAI Centre in Bengaluru.
~Lucas will work with all four Indian Teams – Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Men and Junior Women~
Lucas arrived in New Delhi today, where he was welcomed by Hockey India Officer Bearers, including Hockey India President Padma Shri Dr. Dilip Tirkey, Hockey India Secretary General Shri Bhola Nath Singh, and Hockey India Treasurer Shri Sekar J Manoharan.
Artur Lucas comes to his new position with a wealth of experience and expertise. The Belgian previously worked for the Royal Belgium Hockey Association as the Performance Analyst for the U18 National Team from 2018 to 2023. During his tenure, he made significant contributions to the team’s development and success.
He also worked as an Analytic Consultant for Biztory Belgium last year, which allowed him to hone his analytical skills while providing innovative insights to the sport. Lucas has also been a key figure at KHC Dragons as Performance Analyst since 2017, providing critical analysis and support to one of Belgium’s top hockey clubs.
From 2015 to 2021, he was associated with Victoria Hockey Club, Edegem, in various roles such as Youth Manager and Coach.
Hockey India President Padma Shri Dr. Dilip Tirkey said, “We are delighted to welcome Artur Lucas to the Hockey India family. His extensive experience and expertise as the Coach, Video Analyst will undoubtedly improve the performance of our teams. We believe his presence will be invaluable in our pursuit of international excellence.”
“I have left no stone unturned in taking the sport we all love to new heights since joining Hockey India as an administrator. Whether it’s starting a grassroots development programme or launching Sub Junior Camps for Men and Women, Mr. Lucas’ arrival is just another step for us at Hockey India in this journey,” he added.
Speaking about Lucas’ appointment, Hockey India Secretary General Shri Bhola Nath Singh said, “Artur Lucas brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of knowledge to our teams. We are confident that his analytical skills will play a pivotal role in our players’ development and in achieving success on the global stage. We extend a warm welcome to him and look forward to working together.”
HOCKEY INDIA TEAM PARTNERS
Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) – Major Team Partner
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About HOCKEY INDIA
HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.
Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).
Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in Coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016 and 2021, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India brought the Indian Men’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world. Hockey India is also dedicated to getting the Indian Women’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world.
Odisha – the Eastern State of India – is known for its love for Hockey and over the years it has evolved to be the Global Hub of Hockey. The State successfully hosted the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, followed by the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha, FIH Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and FIH Hockey Pro League 2020-21. Odisha has previously hosted the Champions Trophy 2014 and the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Odisha also hosted the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.
Kalinga Lancers, the team owned by the State, were the winners in the Hockey India League 2017. Taking a step further towards realising the dream of restoring the glory of Indian Hockey at the global level, the State is sponsoring the Indian Hockey Teams till 2033.
Odisha also hosted the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.